Pocket money

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Daughter would be starting secondary school in September and she takes packed lunch. What amount of pocket money will be sensible for her at that age?

I claim ESA and receive Tax Credits for two children.

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  • mark5
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    What can you afford?

    I think this one comes down to your personal circumstances.

    At 11, I would say £10 per week, rising as she gets older.
  • Quackers1
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    As well as thinking about what you can afford, also think about what you would expect her to pay for from her pocket money. Does she have a mobile? Who pays for her clothes? What about treats, activities etc? Is it to encourage her to save and budget?
  • Lioness_Twinkletoes
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    What will she be doing to earn her pocket money? You'll obviously be teaching her that work = rewards so maybe 'cost' each chore. Vacuuming earns £2. Washing the car earns a fiver. Up to whatever limit you can afford.
  • peachyprice
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    What does her lunch have to do with it?

    At 11 my daughter got £30 every 4 weeks, but I still bought clothes, she's 14 now and gets £50 but buys her own clothes mostly, (except school uniform of course), I buy her toiletries etc with the weekly shop, she buys make up and expensive toiletries ie Lush. We pay for her phone on top of that. At 11 she had a £5 Giffgaff sim, now she has a Tesco contract, £12 I think.

    I don't agree with children being bribed for doing chores around the house, she keeps her own room clean and tidy that's all. She helps out at her ballet school and a swimming school, that's enough for a child doing her GCSE's.
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    Mine don't get any.. never have.. if they need money for something they work for it.

    Could you not comprise her a list of chores so she can earn any money rather than just handing it over?? it isn't bribing it is being paid for their work! .. I don't do that either though.. but it works for some :p
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    What will she be doing to earn her pocket money? You'll obviously be teaching her that work = rewards so maybe 'cost' each chore.

    We taught our kids that the work necessary to keep the home functioning just had to be done - we didn't get paid for doing our share and neither did they.
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    My DS is 15 so he gets £15 a week. In addition to this I pay his monthly phone contract, pay his weekly football subs, give him school dinner money, and buy the clothes and shoes that he needs.

    It is not linked to helping out around the house and garden. He lives here and makes the most mess out of the two of us, so he gets to help clean up!

    Anything that is a want he has to pay for himself, including outings with friends.
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    My kids get £1 per "house point" awarded at school. They also get money for doing chores around the house, e.g. £2 for hoovering, £1 for mopping, £1 for helping with laundry etc. They don't get pocket money for doing nothing.
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    onlyroz wrote: »
    My kids get £1 per "house point" awarded at school. They also get money for doing chores around the house, e.g. £2 for hoovering, £1 for mopping, £1 for helping with laundry etc. They don't get pocket money for doing nothing.

    If only the rest of the feckless benefit fiddling country followed your example, the minority with genuine reasons excepted.
  • Lioness_Twinkletoes
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    I don't agree with children being bribed for doing chores around the house, she keeps her own room clean and tidy that's all. She helps out at her ballet school and a swimming school, that's enough for a child doing her GCSE's.

    I don't consider it a bribe. I call it good parenting :)
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