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intuition Sat 28-Oct-17 09:14:25

How much do your 13/15 year olds get?

Really just that. My 13yo DS gets £5 a week and my 14yo DS gets £15 (at boarding school so pays for more himself)

I pay for phones

BeyondThePage Sat 28-Oct-17 09:19:29


DD15 and 16 - they get a basic £5 a week for general junk - if they want a milkshake on a Friday after school with mates - that sort of thing. But we pay for clothes and phone and transport.

If they are going into town for a meal out with friends we will give them £5/£10 depending where and when, but we have our own limits - would not give more than £20 in a week.

imnottoofussed Sat 28-Oct-17 09:38:29

Dd 16 gets £15 per month plus her phone which is about £40. My mum and Dad also give her money monthly as she is saving up for a laptop/pc. I pay for most of her clothes unless she just wants something specific for no reason like new trainers, then she uses her own money. She also buys her own make up.

INeedToEat Sat 28-Oct-17 10:17:32

I don't give my 15 yr old a set amount - I should really but have never gotten round to it.

He goes weeks without asking for money sometimes. Other times he might go for food with friends / travel into London and will just give him what he needs. He's very keen on cooking so fork out a fair amount on extra ingredients for that most weeks.
I buy his clothes, toiletries and pay for his phone.

He's good with money and often has his own from birthdays / Christmas which he also uses adhoc.

I do put £20 a month into a savings account for him (have done since he was born) so if he wants bigger stuff outside of birthdays I can give him money from that account.

He has his own bank account so I really should set up a DD for him.

somewhereovertherain Sat 28-Oct-17 13:15:13

Zip all they both have Saturday jobs. We pay school dinners and sim only contracts.

user1480031178 Sat 28-Oct-17 13:15:46

I think 50 per chore / house job they do but if she’s good then a bit extra so she can go out with her friends - for the 13 year old

For your other one maybe 20 pounds because if he is at a boarding school then he will have the duty to keep his room tidy there etc and will probably do some sort of chores too

moomoo222 Sat 28-Oct-17 13:25:25

14yr old DS - £5 a week - plus if its a friends birthday & they're all meeting up then will give him the cash - plus I pay for gym membership (£10 a month) & phone (£8 a month). So probably works out about £50 a month all in.

There was a thread on here recently where someone was giving their teen hundreds a month & had been asked for more by him - was very odd (possibly weird troll subject I guess!?). I spoke to a few friends about it at the time & consensus was that we were doing similar (as in what we're doing, not giving the teen more than I earn!!)

BackforGood Sun 29-Oct-17 23:15:34

At 13, mine got £13 per month, at 14, £14 per month, etc. They paid for own credit if they wanted it (virtually always use free wi fi messaging instead of texts). We pay for subs for things they belong to and they can generally walk most places, bt if needed I give them lifts, or lift share with friends or, on occasion I will give train fare.
This question is asked regularly on here and it really is a 'how long is a piece of string?' question though, and then it usually descends into a HOW MUCH? shock shock things, with those that give hundreds unable to believe that some teens survive on tiny amounts and those that give smaller amounts unable to believe people give teens hundreds of ££ per month.

HTH wink

Keehar256 Tue 31-Oct-17 13:35:41

DD 14 gets the child benefit money £80 per month.
She buys clothes/ make up/ tat/ and presents for Christmas and birthdays
I pay for phone / subs / clothes for school.
We go halves on more expensive stuff like hairdressers / winter coat / boots. We go halves on riding lessons.
She has to keep her room tidy, get up in time for school, and do all homework without me having to nag.
works well and she saves some money too.

faitch Tue 31-Oct-17 14:10:34

14yo has a leaflet delivery job he does once a month. He gets £40 for that, so that’s his money to do as he pleases. He has a contract phone at £22p/m, which I pay £8 towards. He has already paid me his 2 years worth of contribution for the contract with his savings. I bung him a couple of quid here and there, but mainly it’s all on him. Prior to getting a job he had £1 for each year of age (ie £14 for 14yo).

familygermsareok Tue 31-Oct-17 15:25:54

13 and 15 year DS's, get phone contracts paid for (£22 pm) and a standing order of £50 pm into their bank accounts. They buy own clothes (except necessities e.g. School uniform, underwear ) , own entertainment, e.g. Xbox games, Fifa points, downloads, cinema, swimming pool, Soccerworld entry and bus fares. If out with friends they buy their own food although I pay school dinners.
We were constantly being asked for money for above and wanted to get them used to budgeting. And older DS likes his labels. I'm not prepared to spend £50+ on a t shirt!
If they run out they have to do without till next month. They never ask us for money now.
DS15 is out with friends always doing stuff and spends loads on Fifa points, and saves up for labelled clothes he likes. He uses up his allowance.
DS13 is happy to live in Tesco t shirts/ joggers and spends most of his time chatting to friends on Xbox. Hardly spends anything. His bank balance is steadily rising and I suspect he may be able to buy a car when he is 17 at this rate!

Evergreen777 Tue 31-Oct-17 15:57:57

14 year old DD gets £15 a week. She has to pay for clothes, bags, shoes, going out, etc out of that. I pay for school uniform and essential toiletries. It never seems to be enough for her and is usually spent within 48 hours, then she is skint for the rest of the week. Saving up for something just never happens. But I think that would be the case whatever amount I have her. She's impulsive and enjoys being 'generous' to friends (with someone else's money.....hmm) Elder DS manages fine wtih the same amount and has savings.

Justgivemesomepeace Tue 31-Oct-17 16:01:45

15 yr old- £20 a month from me and £20 a month from my dad. I pay for phone, essential clothes and toiletries, school dinners obviously. If she wants to do anything with her friends, buy extra clothes/make up etc, she pays.

mrsm43s Tue 31-Oct-17 16:07:49

My 12 year old gets £20 a month, plus contract mobile paid for (£15ish), plus gym membership (£15). We also buy all necessary clothes, toiletries, extra curricular activities and clubs, presents for birthday parties, and anything she needs (not wants!). It'll be going up by £5 to £25 a month on her 13th birthday. I have a vague plan to up it by £5 a month each birthday, but I'll see how it goes, it might need to be upped a it more than that.

My 11 year old currently gets £10 a month, plus all the other same stuff as eldest. His will go up to £20 on his 12th birthday.

In my experience, despite living in an affluent area, and the kids going to private school, most of their peers get similar. I've never come across anyone who gives their young teen £100s a month - only on Mumsnet!

Aroundtheworldandback Mon 06-Nov-17 05:30:17

Dd 17 gets £50 per month to spend, we pay for everything else. Alevels are hard and I’d rather he studied than get a part time job to be honest. Plenty of time for that in the summer.

Childrenofthestones Wed 08-Nov-17 23:22:39

14yr old £20 pcm
17yr old £40 pcm.
Plus phones which are £9 pcm each.

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