Packs of baby tamarind, ice lollies, mango coated in salt and chilli powder, comic book stickers and birthday gifts for family - all from saved up pocket money!
Some of my fondest memories are earning pocket money from my grandmother. I would have been 9 years old. My cousin and I would look forward to Wednesdays, not just because we had no extra curricular activities that day, but because we got to spend the afternoon lying with Grandma on her bed, listening to stories of her childhood adventures. We would massage her feet for the first 10 minutes of story time, and earn Rs2.00 each (equivalent? erm.. 1 pence or so).
My dad would hand us Rs10 on Fridays (=5p) to spend on a snack from the school canteen so that my mum could take a break from preparing snacks for her 3 kids on Friday mornings. I think my friends shared their snacks with me that day because I managed to save most of the money. Add that to the earnings from Grandma, and I was pretty well off!
My pocket money was sacred, treasured, counted, re-counted, loaned, accounted, and most of all, well spent.