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.

Jennifer Warnock

My pocket money story

The word pocket money evokes the memory of 10p. Yes, 10p was what I got for so many years as a little girl. It also brings back the memory of getting the pocket money - for various chores around the house - from the age of about 7 and going to the sweet shop each week with my two sisters; Mary and Susan. I don’t remember saving up that pocket money at all. It was spent, in full, at the sweet shop! I remember that you could get all sorts of sweets for 1/2p upwards and my sisters and I would enjoy getting a little, white paper bag and choosing all of our favourite sweets to fill it up. The word pocket money brings back that happy feeling of when I left the shop with these sweets and perhaps a funky pencil sharpener or springy toy that somehow was within the price band too! I think it went up to 50p by the time I was a teenager and I saved it to buy things like cassettes (pre CDs) but my happiest pocket money memories are the moments I handed over my 10p for a weekly bag of specially selected sweets.”

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