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.

Ian Rankin

My pocket money story

My parents were very careful with money - they had to be, as there wasn't much of it around! I recall them seated at the kitchen table every pay-day, dividing the cash up, with some going to the summer holiday fund, some for Christmas presents, some for insurance policies, and so on. I think that rubbed off on me. In my teenage diary I would keep note of the albums I would buy if and when I got enough money, the price of each recorded next to it. But most of my pocket money went on boys' comics. At one point I think I was buying four or five a week. They were cheap and full of adventures, and eventually I started making up adventures of my own…”

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