Pocket money - what age & how much ...

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Found 8th Oct 2008
What age did you start giving your children pocket money? & how much do they get? & do they have to do anything to get it?

My 7 yr old doesn't get any (though I buy him treats etc) and has started coming home from school with 'my friend so-and-so gets £10 pocket money a week' etc

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Well my 3 are aged 3, 8 and 10yrs and they don't get any pocket money

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Spearmint;3149802

Well my 3 are aged 3, 8 and 10yrs and they don't get any pocket money



thank you for that - I was starting to think maybe I was being mean!

We take them out for treats, & they get sweets etc, so I just think at the moment he doesn't need it ...

I used to get 25p on a saturday from my Grandparents

I'm 29 and I get a tenner a week if I behave.

13Yr old - £5
11yr old - £4.00
8yr old - £2.50


my mum gives them what they want tho so my trying to teach them value is pointless :roll:

we have a behaviour chart for my son. he is 6 and a half.

he has adhd, so he really does have to work for his cash, we have things like no hitting, be nice to his sister. kind to the pets. good at school. he gets 10 pence for each magnet on his chart and if he manages to get a whole week worth of any one thing he get a pound extra. he has yet to do this i might add so on average gets about 1.50/2 pound.

jennie

my daughter gets £4 a week - she's 11

my 13 year old daughter has £5 a week from us and her nan gives her about £2.50 a week:thumbsup:

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starsparkle2311;3149871

There will always be the kids at school who get this and get … There will always be the kids at school who get this and get that...that's just life! ;-)



I know, I just don't want to always be the mean Mum who doesn't get them stuff that everyone else has!

Glad to hear that yours don't get any pocket money either ... not just me after all!

My 11yr old son gets £2.50 a week
My 8 yr old son gets £1.00 a week

The others 2 little to know

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loupomm;3149839

13Yr old - £511yr old - £4.00 8yr old - £2.50my mum gives them what they w … 13Yr old - £511yr old - £4.00 8yr old - £2.50my mum gives them what they want tho so my trying to teach them value is pointless :roll:



do they have to do any chores for this? eg tidy bedroom, wash up etc?

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jennie-jack;3149881

we have a behaviour chart for my son. he is 6 and a half.he has adhd, so … we have a behaviour chart for my son. he is 6 and a half.he has adhd, so he really does have to work for his cash, we have things like no hitting, be nice to his sister. kind to the pets. good at school. he gets 10 pence for each magnet on his chart and if he manages to get a whole week worth of any one thing he get a pound extra. he has yet to do this i might add so on average gets about 1.50/2 pound.jennie



that's a really good idea - I hope he cleans you out really soon

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julie 2;3149908

my 13 year old daughter has £5 a week from us and her nan gives her about … my 13 year old daughter has £5 a week from us and her nan gives her about £2.50 a week:thumbsup:



amcol;3149915

My 11yr old son gets £2.50 a week



cassieismydoggie;3149902

my daughter gets £4 a week - she's 11



I guess once they get to 11+ they are out & about a bit more on their own, so get their own stuff rather than relying on you to buy them, thanks for the answers guys.

Laffy42;3149926

do they have to do any chores for this? eg tidy bedroom, wash up etc?



yes they each have their own jobs to do,and if they play up, it gets reduced/missed for that week

My son is 40 and i give him £40 a week

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Ritchie 2;3149838

I'm 29 and I get a tenner a week if I behave.



kiwinator;3149962

My son is 40 and i give him £40 a week



Ritchie2 - you are missing out, you need to go live with Kiwinator!

ctuk;3149835

I used to get 25p on a saturday from my Grandparents



Was that 25p or 5 shillings? I remember getting 2/6d a week but that was in the early
60s. :oops:

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Laffy42;3149824

thank you for that - I was starting to think maybe I was being mean! We … thank you for that - I was starting to think maybe I was being mean! We take them out for treats, & they get sweets etc, so I just think at the moment he doesn't need it ...



mine don't really get much on a regular basis, can't afford it LOL

jennie-jack;3149881

we have a behaviour chart for my son. he is 6 and a half.he has adhd, so … we have a behaviour chart for my son. he is 6 and a half.he has adhd, so he really does have to work for his cash, we have things like no hitting, be nice to his sister. kind to the pets. good at school. he gets 10 pence for each magnet on his chart and if he manages to get a whole week worth of any one thing he get a pound extra. he has yet to do this i might add so on average gets about 1.50/2 pound.jennie



Ooo, that's a fab idea - I do the sticker chart with my little girl who's 2 and it works pretty well but never had the same effect with my little boy who's 5 now. Pocket mone to buy some sweets at the end of the week might just work!! Thanks hun, rep left:thumbsup:

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£5 a week each for a 8 and 10 year old.

Cant say I think its a good idea (ie value of money) - but it aint me that gives them it!

I have an 8 year old and a 12 year old.
Neither get any pocket money as such, but they do get sweets / treats every now and then. ( mainly weekends ).
My 12 year old does do a bit of ironing for some spending money when she goes up the town with her friends.

My daughter is almost 7 and she gets £1.50 a week but always puts it in the school bank
Anything else she wants sweets comics etc we buy
This however is nothing compared to some of her mates in school!!
Good Luck!

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£5 a week is ridiculous, wish I got that. I had to deliver charity booklets (Shield?) at 12, then at 13 paper round for 3 years, before that, me and my brother had a roster to do for like 25p per thing we did. But that was 13 years ago now maybe inflation has pushed it up to £5.

My 8 year old gets £2 per week but for that he must keep his bedroom tidy, clear the table after meals and no murder attempts on his younger brother during the week. He loses 25p at time if these rules are broken.

My 4 year old has a star chart - 10 stars and he get a treat, loses stars for bad behaviour, similar to jennie-jack

My 7 yr old (and 3 yr old but only because she wants to be like her big sister) has a star chart. There's 2 behaviour items depending on what the problem is with her and then she's got feed her guinea pig and make her bed. For each star she gets 5p and if she gets a full chart of stars (not very often let me tell you!!) then she gets £2.

We do still pay for a few treats but they've really grown to love saving their own money up and then every now and then we go shopping and they buy what they want with it.

I think it's important for them to have something so they learn that they don't just get given what they want, they have to work for it a bit and learn the value of money. On the other hand though I don't think it's a good idea to give them too much money too early as I think this has the opposite effect.

Original Poster

Thanks to everyone who has posted - there seems to be a wide variety of answers here, so I don't feel so bad now that he doesn't get anything at the moment! Thanks again for all your comments

15 year old gets £8

fireheaven;3150362

My 4 year old has a star chart - 10 stars and he get a treat, loses stars … My 4 year old has a star chart - 10 stars and he get a treat, loses stars for bad behaviour, similar to jennie-jack



He only looses stars if he behaves like Jennie-Jack. :w00t:

My 12 & 13 year olds get £2.50 a week, but also get extra if they go to town with their friends i.e pictures, skating etc..........but they have to do their jobs each week too!

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd316/bitseylango/news019-1.jpg

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bitseylango;3150930

My 12 & 13 year olds get £2.50 a week, but also get extra if they go to … My 12 & 13 year olds get £2.50 a week, but also get extra if they go to town with their friends i.e pictures, skating etc..........but they have to do their jobs each week too!



Hey great rota, you sound and look like an A* mum :thumbsup:

lumoruk;3150996

Hey great rota, you sound and look like an A* mum :thumbsup:



lol! thanks, but I doubt my boys would agree :-D They are always telling me that their mates get loads more pocket money and dont have to do jobs at all :roll:

Jumpingphil;3150798

He only looses stars if he behaves like Jennie-Jack. :w00t:



Ohh yeah, that came out a bit wrong :oops:

My parents were poor and this is going back almost 10 years but I got like £4 a week at 16 and that was fine as back then I didnt spend much cash(oh I wish I could go back to that) I did have kids brag they got like £30 a week then but the "sensible" ones got similar to me but had their parents buy loads of treats like console games, day trips out inc food and spending money so it was more in long run.

Kids today are a bit too spoiled though

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ryouga;3151041

My parents were poor and this is going back almost 10 years but I got … My parents were poor and this is going back almost 10 years but I got like £4 a week at 16 and that was fine as back then I didnt spend much cash(oh I wish I could go back to that) I did have kids brag they got like £30 a week then but the "sensible" ones got similar to me but had their parents buy loads of treats like console games, day trips out inc food and spending money so it was more in long run.Kids today are a bit too spoiled though



your parents were poor but you got £4 a week at 16!!!??? Wow are you on the doll now or something? I didn't get ANY pocket money after I was 13, had to er wait work!! :w00t:

lumoruk;3151090

your parents were poor but you got £4 a week at 16!!!??? Wow are you on … your parents were poor but you got £4 a week at 16!!!??? Wow are you on the doll now or something? I didn't get ANY pocket money after I was 13, had to er wait work!! :w00t:



Well £4 till I started college, and nope not on the dole I have worked in quite a few jobs over the years between college and uni.

My parents struggled to pay that though and when I was at college paid them £30 a week for food and bills, thats only way they survived.

I couldnt get a job before 16 anyway since we lived in a tiny village with no shops or bars and nearest shop was 3 miles up a hill and there was 4 buses a day to town(last one 5.30) meaning I couldnt get back, the amount of times I had to walk back from college after class was huge.

ryouga;3151041

My parents were poor and this is going back almost 10 years but I got … My parents were poor and this is going back almost 10 years but I got like £4 a week at 16 and that was fine as back then I didnt spend much cash(oh I wish I could go back to that) I did have kids brag they got like £30 a week then but the "sensible" ones got similar to me but had their parents buy loads of treats like console games, day trips out inc food and spending money so it was more in long run.Kids today are a bit too spoiled though



My eldest started a paper round at 13, pot washed in a restaurant at 15, worked part-time in WHSmith at 16 and now at 19 has a great job and a place of his own. My 13 year old has just started his paper round job and wants to be like his big brother and work part-time when he is old enough..........the jury is out on the youngest, I dont think he could get out of bed in time for a paper round :roll:
My boys arent spoilt, yes they have a 360 ( joint xmas/birthday pressie) but they paid for the Live connection themselves. Yes they have mobiles (cheap ones) but have to pay half towards their top ups.
When they have done exremely well at school I treat them to a new game for the 360, although this is usually a pre-owned one.
I want my boys to learn the value of money and that in life you have to earn it. Both have bank accounts to teach them how to save.

bitseylango;3151151

My eldest started a paper round at 13, pot washed in a restaurant at 15, … My eldest started a paper round at 13, pot washed in a restaurant at 15, worked part-time in WHSmith at 16 and now at 19 has a great job and a place of his own. My 13 year old has just started his paper round job and wants to be like his big brother and work part-time when he is old enough..........the jury is out on the youngest, I dont think he could get out of bed in time for a paper round :roll:My boys arent spoilt, yes they have a 360 ( joint xmas/birthday pressie) but they paid for the Live connection themselves. Yes they have mobiles (cheap ones) but have to pay half towards their top ups. When they have done exremely well at school I treat them to a new game for the 360, although this is usually a pre-owned one. I want my boys to learn the value of money and that in life you have to earn it. Both have bank accounts to teach them how to save.



Not all kids are but its like the benefit culture many parents buy their kids affections so I regularly see kids with no real sense of ownership, they are so used to getting supported that when they leave home loads get into huge debt, the amount of drop outs I saw last year, one girl was over £20 000 in debt 6 weeks after university began and she was just 18!

Its not always intenional of the kids though and the parents I dont blame in a way either its just the way the kids are brought up doesnt prepare them for the real world.

ryouga;3151195

Not all kids are but its like the benefit culture many parents buy their … Not all kids are but its like the benefit culture many parents buy their kids affections so I regularly see kids with no real sense of ownership, they are so used to getting supported that when they leave home loads get into huge debt, the amount of drop outs I saw last year, one girl was over £20 000 in debt 6 weeks after university began and she was just 18!Its not always intenional of the kids though and the parents I dont blame in a way either its just the way the kids are brought up doesnt prepare them for the real world.



agree with you 100% there:thumbsup: Even though we tried to teach our eldest the value of money, when he left home, the first thing he bought for his flat was a 42" LCD TV on finance! He didnt have a vacuum cleaner or an iron as these were considered non- essential :roll: He is learning now and knows as long as his rent and bills are paid on time he can spend his money on his favourite past-time.....partying !

I never got pocket money and all my friends did, didnt bother me though because everything I needed my parents bought me (e.g. clothes, occasional magazine or sweets - and gave me the money on the rare occasion I went to the cinema or something with friends).

My friends used to get ridiculous amounts though, and they didnt do anything around the house or anything to help out. I helped out around the house, although I didnt actually have anything I had to do, I just naturally helped out

I dont think its good for kids to get too much £ - from what I know from the way I am with finances to how my friends were - money totally burnt a hole in their pockets (and still does) whereas all of mine went in the bank, and I still wont spend on myself (although happy to spend on other people!). If you are buying him treats, then he doesnt really need the cash.

My boys are nearly 7 and they don't get weekly pocket money...good behaviour and helping out are rewarded ( 20p or 50p) which they save until they have enough for the latest craze (currently Yu-Gi Oh / Pokemon) cards.

we also buy small treats but like several others we have a reward chart for specific activities that are rewarded with stickers and then a small reward (£1) when the target is reached. THey currently have long term projects so yet to get the £1.00..
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