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pocket money for 11/12 year old

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masquerade Wed 01-Jul-15 09:42:10

Up until now dd gets the odd bit of pocket money from my Grandad and other than that if she's going to youth club I give her a pound for sweets. She'll be starting secondary school in September though so I think it might be a good time to start a more regular pocket money set-up.

So how much pocket money do you give your 11/12 year old? And are there any conditions attached about what they use it for?

Dd has also just got a phone which I will be getting a sim card for this week, I think its probably going to be around £10 per month for that.

My thoughts at the moment are, I pay for her sim, set up a bank account and put £10 per month into that plus give her another £2.50 per week cash. So around £5 per week pocket money plus mobile minutes/texts. How does that sound?

I'm thinking the £2.50 could be spent on youth club and any sweets she wants to buy herself, and the money in her bank could be used for bigger spends, such as a trip to the cinema, or saved.

Heartofgold25 Wed 01-Jul-15 11:55:10

My dd is 10 years old and she is given £5 a week, she is expected to help at home, make her bed, organise her kits and feed the family cat every day, and also to organise breakfast ~ all of which she does and more. We don't 'pay' her for the chores per se, as we expect her to join in and help as a matter of course, but we do recognise her age (her sister is 7 and has £3 a week) At the moment she is saving. She never really uses a mobile, so I think you must factor that in too if your dd is using her phone alot. Especially as you will want to hear from her and check she is safe and well using the phone, I think a phone allowance is a good idea. I hope that helps!

Dancergirl Wed 01-Jul-15 13:45:41

My dd is 12 and she gets £10/month. We pay for her phone too.

AngelBlue12 Wed 01-Jul-15 13:52:05

My DD 11 gets £30 per month and out of this she has to pay for her cats insurance, rabbit and guinea pigs food and bedding (she has 5 and 3) so she doesn't get a lot left over! She doesn't have a mobile and won't be getting one anytime soon smile

Lonecatwithkitten Thu 02-Jul-15 13:48:03

DD 11, has mobile phone that I put £10 per month on. I pay £5 per week by standing order into Halifax cash card account.

als30 Sun 05-Jul-15 01:02:17

Give my dd £5 a week plus a little bit extra at end of month if chores are done etc thinking about changing this soon as she will be getting a phone xx

TurnOverTheTv Sun 05-Jul-15 01:07:41

My daughter gets £50 a month, but that is for ( unnecessary) clothes etc. I buy basics, anything else needs to come out if that. She has a debit card and is pretty good at keeping track

Layde Sun 05-Jul-15 03:07:37

My daughter is starting secondary in Sept. We're going to set up an account and put £25 a month in by DD. out of that she will have to pay for her phone (payg) and going out. She also buys any extra items not needed - Like clothes say I'll buy her shoes, sandals and trainers, but if she wants another pair - she'll buy that.

BackforGood Tue 07-Jul-15 23:48:52

At secondary, mine have had £1 per month, per year of age, so £11 per month in Yr7 until they have their birthday, then £12 per month, etc.
They pay for own phones if they want to put any credit on.
We pay for subs for anything they belong to.

bec3105 Tue 14-Jul-15 10:23:28

We go the same as backfor good so 8 year old gets £8 a month and 10 year old gets £10. That is literally spending money though we pay for all clothes, shoes, football club, Cubs etc.
Once my daughter turned 13 she got an increase to £20 a month plus £10 for her mobile as she wants to by more things like magazines, make up etc that we needed to put a limit on when we were buying.
Good to give them some financial independence and to teach them about budgeting and saving.

TheScottishPlay Tue 14-Jul-15 13:22:20

DS 11 gets £20 per month paid into his account. He uses some of this for holiday spending and bigger purchases.
He also gets around £10 per week from his grandparents as pocket money which he uses for games, magazines etc.
His chores are looking after his pet rabbit, 'tidying' his room and helping his granny with her upstairs vacuuming.

Mumjane1971 Wed 15-Jul-15 23:18:31

My dd 13 gets 20 a month and my ds gets 10 a month but he goes to watch football and I pay that

yellowdaisies Thu 16-Jul-15 10:00:23

My nearly 12 year old DD gets £20 a month, which doesn't seem be enough for her since she started secondary as she's always running out. DS (15) is fine on £20 - he doesn't really go out so much or buy as much crap stuff as DD does. I also pay their phones which are £5 a month each.

proudmummy2004 Wed 22-Jul-15 15:37:35

Hi sorry to jump on, I am new here smile

I have started to give my daughter £5, loaded onto her OSPER card as it is less tempting to spend. However she has to make sure she keeps her room tidy, puts clothes away, helps me wash up, clear table etc otherwise she does not get it. If she helps above that, without being asked, sometimes I add a couple of extra quid if I have got it. I think at age 11 and about to go secondary school, she needs to learn to earn and pay her own way for when she goes cinema, swimming etc with her friends, plus pay for her own food, drink. She gets odd pocket money from her Dad and grandparents too here and there x

Methenyouplus4 Fri 31-Jul-15 06:54:34

Son gets £5, we don't expect him to pay for mobile as it's used for us to contact him when he wants lift home from park etc. He does chores but again not linked to pocket money as he is expected to do them regardless.

With his money he finds any 'extras' e.g. clubs on a weekend, sweets from shops, spending money for school trips etc. He has also saved £40 for when he goes to visit his cousin for a week in the summer. Any money from relatives goes in bank account.

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