DD's school operates a swipecard system for lunch so I sent her off today with £10 which covers lunch for the next 5 days. She was under stricted orders to hand over the £10 ASP. Next Monday she knows to take her weeks dinner money straight to the student services office when she arrives at school. Her school is open from 8am so she'll be able to do that as the first lesson isn't till 8.35am.
DS's school have a "Tag", like a swipecard, that they pay for lunches & other stuff with. It is supposed to be a "Cashless" school, although some kids suplement their pocket money selling snacks to other boys
My dd has a bus pass and I give her lunch money every day. She also has five pounds folded up and hidden in a pocket of her school bag so that she can get home if she loses the pass or there's a problem with the bus and she has to get a train.
I've always had to give DS2 daily amounts of money - so have to go to bank weekly to get £20 in £1 and £2 coins. Schools don't like it when pupils lose large amounts of money and I don't like it if DS2 loses all his money on Monday! DS2 bus pass will cost over £250 for 3 months ... DS1 was bad about losing this, so I found it cheaper to give him the money for a weekly pass each week (though he was capable of losing that too.)
Thankfully I don't have to worry about bus passes. I am sending my DD1 off for her first full day tomorrow. She has packed lunch, and I am giving her a pound in case she is starving at break as lunch isn't till 1.15pm
That aside, what is the going rate for pocket money?