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.

Susie Williamson

My pocket money story

Growing up in the 80's, I did receive pocket money from my parents but it was kept deliberately low to offer me some incentive to top it up by doing chores around the house. This instilled some sort of work ethic, I think, because when I spotted an advert in the local paper looking for people to take on delivery rounds for the town’s free newspaper I duly signed up thinking I’d make a fortune – I was ten! The going rate was one pence per paper - even in the 1980's, that was a fairly low salary. I was a bit taken aback when the following week I was brought 400 papers and a delivery bag, and was then given a round that covered dozens of streets of two-ups/two-downs and high-rise flats! However I did that paper round for two years to earn £4 a week pocket money, spent on sweets to give me the energy to climb all those stairs!

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