Small change for a sea change

Most of us were lucky enough as children to be given pocket money. What was pocket money for you as a child is small change now. It can help us give our children experiences and support that will create a sea change in their childhood.

Anna Fowlie

My pocket money story

When I first got pocket money it was a penny a day and a thrupenny bit on Saturdays. I spent it on fruit salads (sweets), sherbet dips and outer spacers at Frankie’s shop.
When I was older, I spent my pocket money on singles (£1) or LPs (£5) at the Other Record Shop in Inverness. As my parents were divorced, my dad gave me an allowance (tho sometimes borrowed it back!) and made me sign a contract not to spend it all on records or gig tickets! With my own children, their allowance was part ring-fenced (mobile phone) and part single outcome agreement (well-being of some sort). That’s the difference 30 years makes.

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