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.

Michael

My pocket money story

I am the youngest of 6 children, and my dad only gave pocket money upon completion of "chores" - as the youngest mine was fairly basic, and I think my big sister did most of the chores; she also tended to take the money under the auspices of "looking" after it!

I can remember going to the local shop and buying penny caramels, and sherbet fountains with a liquorice in them - what I can't remember is whether it was bought from pocket money earned or not!!

When I was a bit older I remember having a paper round delivering the evening papers Monday to Saturday aswell as the Sunday papers - Sunday bag was so heavy that the newsagent use to meet me half way round my route to help me restock my bag - for years after I avoided buying any Sunday papers that had magazines and different sections. From memory I think I got about £5 a week.

I also worked as a milk boy (my big brother was the milkman!) - though only at the weekend as I was not allowed to do the Monday to Friday because of school! I know I was paid but as I spent most of the time arguing with my brother I can't remember how much!!

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