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Soindecisive Mon 12-Mar-18 10:39:34

My 14 yo dd is driving me mad with her unwillingness to help with....well anything! So it's time to get tough with the pocket money.

I was wondering how much pocket money you give?
What sort of things do you expect them to buy for themselves?
What chores they have to do to get the money?

Looking forward to hearing your words of wisdom before I decide on my plan of action!

Thank you smile

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Faultymain5 Mon 12-Mar-18 12:32:41

I started pocket money when the kids were 8. I gave them money in half their age. So 8 years = £4. I taught the jar method.

1. necessary spending (hair cuts)
2. play (cinema)
3. savings (video games)
4. long term savings (console)
5. charity

When I paid in cash I literally used Jars.

I still pay in cash to DD(9), but DS has a cash card.

DS turns 16, we no longer qualify for child benefit. We want to encourage earning, and he agrees, so pocket money will be stopped by September (hopefully he'll have a job by then).

Keehar256 Mon 12-Mar-18 13:46:03

My DD 15 gets the child benefit. She has to buy everything except clothes for school out of that. She puts £20 a month into her savings account, the rest gets spent. It's about £80 a month total. I pay for her phone as well. She doesn't need bus fare and she takes a packed lunch to school.

JufusMum Tue 13-Mar-18 09:59:09

Child Benefit continues until 18 as long as DC are in full time education, be that Sixth Form, College or Apprenticeship. You just have to reapply.

orangesticker Tue 13-Mar-18 10:15:13

Ours don't get very much at all. Mostly because one is very sociable and the other isn't. We want to encourage socialising, so we will fund it but we don't want to fund excess hoarding of money by the child who doesn't socialise. So we give them a small amount of money to but sweets and hot chocolates etc and then we fund their phone and outings separately. They have a monthly clothing budget which sits in our bank account. They are expected to be helpful around the house when asked but there is no list of tasks.

Faultymain5 Tue 13-Mar-18 11:13:00

Jufus we're out of child benefit range now. So cancelled it.

JufusMum Tue 13-Mar-18 11:16:48

@Faulty do you mean because of the tax? We have cancelled ours because we were getting 40p a year!!

Faultymain5 Tue 13-Mar-18 11:23:25

Jufus Yep. They would have asked us for money. This way is just easier.

Faultymain5 Tue 13-Mar-18 11:27:14

Can I say at 14 my son was cooking the family meal once a fortnight with supervision. He was regularly babysitting his younger sister.

At 16 he preps Sunday dinner and cooks a fish meal in the week and is supposed to unpack the dishwasher when home from school.

Oh and keep bathroom and bedroom tidy. Those last two feel like a lost cause. As we head into GCSE country, it's all by the wayside.

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