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.

Eve Poole

My pocket money story

In my family, there were 4 kids to support on a teacher's salary, so we all knew that we had to be careful with money. I remember our first pocket money was 10p a week (in the late 70s), for which we had to take turns with the dinner dishes every night. We could supplement this taking bottles back to get the deposit, and occasionally we found money on the beach in St Andrews. If it was over £1 we had to take it to the Police Station, and we'd get it back later if it wasn't claimed - that meant a trip to Janettas to buy sweets! I used to spend my pocket money on comics, mainly. Best tip I ever had from a parent? Give your kids enough so they can spend a third, save a third, and give a third to charity.

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