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.

Julie Devenney

My pocket money story

I think initially it was only 50p but in the 80s that could buy you a lot! The penny sweets were always a favourite and my brother and I would spend ages picking. A more expensive, but personal, favourite was the sweetie necklace (10p) with matching watch bracelet (5p) a firm favourite with my own kids today! We also liked to buy the huge bag of spaghetti bubble gum and then have a competition on who amongst our friends could fit the most bubblegum in our mouths- I don't think anyone ever managed the full packet! The corner shop was our sweetie paradise and we would head there as soon as we got our pocket money. The owner must have had the patience of a saint waiting for us, white packet in hand, to decide what penny sweet we had finally decided upon!

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