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Allowances

What did you get? How much and how often? Was it billed as being in exchange for chores, or was it a no-strings subsidy? Did you negotiate raises?

How do parents hand the money over now?

You don't STILL get one, do you?

by Anonymousreply 30Last Monday at 8:34 PM

In 1979 when I was 13 years old my allowance was $2.00 per week.

It sounds like very little by today's standards but remember that in 1979 a Snickers bar was only 25 cents.

by Anonymousreply 106/23/2020

No allowance. I would ask for five bucks and they would just give it to me. Last of six kids, they basically ignored me completely.

by Anonymousreply 206/23/2020

Allowance?

We had daily chores and were paid nothing. That’s the life of a poor farm kid.

by Anonymousreply 306/23/2020

I live off a small trust. $3,000 a month.

by Anonymousreply 406/23/2020

I STILL get an allowance from several daddies. Yes, I still have to do weekly chores, most involve making sure my bedroom is clean and presentable for “company”. However, instead of putting money in my piggy bank, these daddies put it in my coin slot, which I have nicknamed the pig pen.....

by Anonymousreply 506/23/2020

Same as R2, But sometimes I would be bribed to do chores.

by Anonymousreply 606/23/2020

I get enough to make it worth my while.

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by Anonymousreply 706/23/2020

I was like R2. Just asked for money and got it growing up. I cleaned the house though from age 9 on.

by Anonymousreply 806/23/2020

I want to hear more about other people's allowances, past and present.

by Anonymousreply 906/25/2020

I never had an allowance growing up but I wasn’t asked to do chores. We were not poor, my parents just didn’t believe in bribing us to do things the maids were paid to do.

by Anonymousreply 1006/25/2020

Weekly allowance $ same as my age from 7 to 15. Then $20/wk from 16 to 18 (excluding summer when I had a camp job). No allowance after 18. Work study during college.

by Anonymousreply 1106/25/2020

I get $10,000 a month

by Anonymousreply 1206/25/2020

[quote]We were not poor

Sure Jan.

by Anonymousreply 1306/25/2020

R13 we weren’t lol. You can Sure Jan me all you want but I know that most families don’t live in homes over 10,000 sqft with live in help. It was both a blessing and curse in retrospect.

by Anonymousreply 1406/25/2020

I got money for anything I needed, but I was a recluse in high school so I didn't need much. If I wanted clothes or something, my mother would send me to the mall with her credit card. I did mow the lawn every weekend. That was about a 3 hour job.

by Anonymousreply 1506/25/2020

My father was generous. He handed me money as if it were going out of style. I never had to ask. The only admonition was "Don't tell your mother." I didn't waste it, though.

by Anonymousreply 1606/25/2020

In the 60s I received 50 cents per week. I could earn more by doing chores. My grandfather gave me five dollars if I had a report card with all As and Bs. Best motivation to study ever. My parents gave me 200 dollars a month to use as I wanted at college in the 70s.

Some of my fraternity brothers got 2000 dollars a month for spending money. Still, they asked for and received more. If my freshman year roommate had a bad week, his parents would send him from Missouri to Santa Barbara for the weekend. I was shocked by all of this.

by Anonymousreply 1706/25/2020

I got 10 a week until I started working at 14. It was just cleaning up some condos, but I think my mom arranged cause her name was in the sign of the real estate company.

Chores and allowance were not connected at all. If I needed, I asked.

by Anonymousreply 1806/25/2020

I got 10 a week until I started working at 14. It was just cleaning up some condos, but I think my mom arranged cause her name was in the sign of the real estate company.

Chores and allowance were not connected at all. If I needed, I asked.

by Anonymousreply 1906/25/2020

I got 10 a week until I started working at 14. It was just cleaning up some condos, but I think my mom arranged cause her name was in the sign of the real estate company.

Chores and allowance were not connected at all. If I needed, I asked.

by Anonymousreply 2006/25/2020

I had a silver piggy bank when I was little.

I wonder what happened to it.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Saturday at 11:18 AM

What's an allowance?

by Anonymousreply 22Last Monday at 5:47 PM

I got $100 a week. It had to include CD’s too.

by Anonymousreply 23Last Monday at 5:51 PM

No allowance. I was a teenager in the 80's. Hardly anyone I knew got an allowance. We were required to do our chores around the house because we lived there. In a way, I'm grateful because parents who pay their kids for basic cleaning shit end up with spoiled, entitled adults who refuse to clean their own places.

by Anonymousreply 24Last Monday at 6:09 PM

Oh and no, my parents never helped me out as an adult. I went to college on student loans and just this year will have them paid off. I graduated college in 1995 with 9% interest.

There have been a few times when my folks offered to "loan" me money but I would have to pay it back with interest. Fuck them. I never took them up on their shit.

by Anonymousreply 25Last Monday at 6:11 PM

My older brother and I both got allowances for chores, don't remember the amount but it wasn't much. He would spend his as soon as he got it and I would put mine in a piggy bank and eventually opened a student bank account. He always complained it wasn't fair I had so much money and he didn't.

by Anonymousreply 26Last Monday at 6:25 PM

Never received regular "payments" as allowance, yet also had very few chores. I never received everything I had wanted, yet was often indulged.

When I went to University, my parents always deposited £200 a month into my account. If I required more, they freely gave it to me. I had very few expenses at the time, and usually found a way to end up with a surplus at the end of the month. I also had credit cards in case of an emergency or travel. They were parents' accounts.

I had generous grandparents who gave me so much money as a young child, I never spent it all. (however my brother and sister had found a way... as I was always loaning them money.) My brother always paid me back, yet I would like to say the same for my sister. I worked as well, when it wasn't customary amongst my peers. My parents were even a bit angry, as they had forbid me to work. They wished for me to concentrate on my studies.

by Anonymousreply 27Last Monday at 6:33 PM

[quote] £200 a month

Is that monopoly money?

by Anonymousreply 28Last Monday at 7:45 PM

R28 No, my parents were frugal. I had my own savings beside, as well as a part-time job. In the eighties, £200 went an awfully long way when one's room and most meals were already paid for.

by Anonymousreply 29Last Monday at 7:53 PM

I got a weekly allowance that was equal to my age, nominally for chores, until I was 13 or so. After that my parents just gave me money and I watched all my aunt's children for extra after school/on weekends.

I work and pay my mortgage/bills as an adult, but I do have a small trust fund I don't have access to yet. I have a card my mother pays for that I typically charge around $1000 on each month for concerts/shows/travel/Ubers/etc. (pretty much anything I want except my bar tab), and also have access to use my mother's points from airlines/AmEx for flights/hotels which makes a ton of difference in making my life go from good to great. I can charge more depending but if it gets to 2000 in a month without a good reason I'll usually get a call to tone it down.

I could live without it but my life would be much worse, and my mother's happy to give it, so it would be foolish to not use. I think my mother also views it as somewhat of a bribe as she knows at various points I probably would've checked out of putting up with our extended family if I didn't look at dealing with them as a lucrative side-job, but hey, I've done worse for less.

by Anonymousreply 30Last Monday at 8:34 PM
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