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.

Carol Smillie

Carol Smillie

My pocket money story

We didn’t get "pocket money" on any particular arrangement, in fact I don’t really remember why I would have needed any money as a kid. I didn’t really go anywhere or do anything, not in the way that my children did anyway. But I did learn the value of money early on. We lived literally next door to my school, so close that our garden wall separated us from the playground (I was always late too!). I vividly remember at about 8 years old, my mum teaching me to make tablet, and I quickly saw an opportunity….
I packed it all up and took it in to school in little bags to sell to all the kids in my class, making a tidy profit in the process. My mum kept asking me where the money was for the ingredients, so I paid her back to make sure I could do it again in future. The early beginnings of an entrepreneurial life, it seems!

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