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.

Joanna

My pocket money story

My granny used to give me pocket money even though it wasn't called that. She would give me what she called 'a penny' and tell me that I should spend it on something for myself. These days my mum gives my own children 'a penny' in the form of a £5 or £10 - it certainly wasn't that much when I was growing up.

As soon I was fourteen I got my first job, working in my Uncle Jimmy's butcher shop. I got £1 per hour and I had to work really hard for it...serving customers, making sausages and cleaning up. I can still remember the recipe for making sausages and eventually I mastered the art of tying the sausages, although it took a lot of practice.

I loved the sense of independence that having my own money gave me, even if I did have to make a lot of sausages for my £1 per hour....

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