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2020-06-07 12:22:38 AM  
I was pretty lucky as a child, getting $0.50 a week for setting the table and putting away the clean dishes from the dishwasher five times a week. But I also had four siblings.

What did you get stuck having to do before getting your allowance, and what did you spend it on? I'll admit  that I hit a candy store every time.
 
2020-06-07 12:31:17 AM  
I had to haul out the trash for my .50 a week

/We could still burn trash then
//I kept myself entertained
 
2020-06-07 12:33:35 AM  
My childhood chores were yard work and washing dishes. Hated cutting up dandelions. I got a quarter a week, but then again that was early 1960s. I could buy five candy bars and a pack of Marlboros for a quarter.
 
2020-06-07 12:40:46 AM  
My allowance was not to have my ass best with a belt if the chores weren't done.

Allowance:  ability to sit down.
 
2020-06-07 12:42:20 AM  
Well chores were free when I was a kid. The ice cream man was a drive by. Nah did a lot of chores but once I actually got a buck off the old man. I waxed his  caddy, I was a kid and I thought it was an allowance.

/anyway I got a buck for handwash&wax of a fleetwood. Then zilch. He said he was not crazy.....
 
2020-06-07 12:43:39 AM  
Lisa Frank stickers.

And one time I thought I'd be the most wonderful kid on the planet and I rode my bike to the shop it and I bought my mom most expensive chocolate bar that they have. I took that home to her and I was so proud.

Then I found out it was very bitter baking chocolate. Knowing my mom she probably made something out of it anyway but it kind of ruins the point.
 
2020-06-07 12:53:59 AM  
Back before I got my paper route (age 12ish) I think I had an on again/off again allowance (something like $0.50-60/week - save half, able to spend half).  After I started earning money that kind of drifted away.  Don't really remember specific 'chores' pre se, but was expected to help out around the house.

Our kids otoh had chores/were expected to do things around the old homestead & also had an allowance not tied to working around the place. 1/3rd for immediate spending if wanted, 1/3rd for saving for 'need to build up a balance' purchases (such as an X-Box), 1/3 for charity/community spending.
 
2020-06-07 12:58:48 AM  
My house was meticulous.

I would put a cracker on a plate and break it before I ate it.

Then wipe the dish off with the side of my hand and put it up.

Next morning all the dishes are done, I ain't lying I did it.
 
2020-06-07 1:18:29 AM  
Didn't get an allowance.  I had to beg my parents to pay me for mowing the 1/2 acre yard with a push mower.  I really had no concept of $ and at 12 years old in the early 80s made a shiatty map of the yard on the computer (yes, early 80s) and portioned out the $5 they were going to give me to move the lawn. took me 2-3 hours to mow the lawn... didn't even bother to trim, or bag.  or ever rake leaves.  The Blades of the mower never got sharpened, and literally would run a mower until it broke.  one time the deck got so rusted that the Engine broke off from the deck and caused a screeching noise that damaged my hearing.

it wasn't until I as in my mid-20s that I realized my parents saw me more of a burden, and that they did the bare minimum for me, so they could enjoy the lifestyle they wanted. I also know, it could have been worse.  But my dad was so strict and had a bad temper I never felt the courage to ask for anything, or even help.

when I moved out my parents bought a used lawn mower riding tractor.
 
2020-06-07 1:27:40 AM  
I got 4 bucks an hour for tying grapes.
 
2020-06-07 1:35:55 AM  
No money, because "you live here, you contributed to the mess, you can help clean it up."

But, I also wasn't charged for all the food and utilities, clothes and transportation to a gazillion places.

My parents wanted us to understand that life isn't free and easy.  Lesson learned and I'm passing it on to my kids.  Not in the same way, but kids need the training.
 
2020-06-07 1:45:43 AM  
No allowance so if I wanted spending money I picked green beans for 2 1/2¢ lb (5¢ lb if you worked the whole season) and strawberries (25¢ a flat/12 pint baskets to a flat). Or mowed our neighbor's yard which they alway let get wildly overgrown, and made the job even more difficult since they never had their mower blades sharpened. Kind of like mowing a bunch of tall grass with whirling butter knives. :/ Received a princely sum of 50¢ for that.

I hated having to mow that lawn, but my folks made me, saying it was unneighborly to refuse, especially since they seniors. I didn't dare talk back and ask them, "Why don't you mow the lawn then instead of making me do it?" because I knew I'd get in big trouble.
 
2020-06-07 2:31:05 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: No allowance so if I wanted spending money I picked green beans for 2 1/2¢ lb (5¢ lb if you worked the whole season) and strawberries (25¢ a flat/12 pint baskets to a flat). Or mowed our neighbor's yard which they alway let get wildly overgrown, and made the job even more difficult since they never had their mower blades sharpened. Kind of like mowing a bunch of tall grass with whirling butter knives. :/ Received a princely sum of 50¢ for that.

I hated having to mow that lawn, but my folks made me, saying it was unneighborly to refuse, especially since they seniors. I didn't dare talk back and ask them, "Why don't you mow the lawn then instead of making me do it?" because I knew I'd get in big trouble.


Same here. At home I mowed the lawn in summer and shoveled the drive and walk in the winter. The allowance was not having to listen to the farking story of how my mother almost died giving birth to me.

In summer, I could also get 30 cents a dozen picking nightcrawlers, and the veterans clubs paid me 15 bucks every time they needed Taps played for a military funeral.
 
2020-06-07 2:39:11 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: strawberries (25¢ a flat/12 pint baskets to a flat).


My cousins always picked strawberries on our grandfather's farm.  I tried it once and made like 35 cents for two hours of work.  That was the first and last time.
 
2020-06-07 2:40:53 AM  
No allowance but Mom would occasionally give us a couple of bucks here and there if her tips were good. I started babysitting at ten so I had my own money randomly with babysitting gigs. As for chores, my brother and I did most of the housework with Mom doing things on her days off.

My biggest chore was laundry, Mom would drop me and the dirty clothes off at the Laundromat then swing by later to pick me and all the clean things up. She didn't like doing laundry and it bugged her that I'd refolded all my things if she did them* so that became my chore. I'm still fastidious about folding.

*Yeah, I was 'that' kid. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
2020-06-07 2:41:05 AM  

darkhorse23: My childhood chores were yard work and washing dishes.


Same.  Mowing and raking the lawn.  My mom didn't trust me with the dishes, though.  The money usually went straight to Farrell's for candy.

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2020-06-07 2:49:08 AM  
Had a bunch of chores, but those were just expected, no flat allowance for most of my childhood. My dad (who mostly raised me and my brother as a single dad) would give us a few bucks if we offered to help out more than usual. Plus his way of getting us to do laundry was telling us anything he accidentally left in his pockets would belong to whomever did laundry. He would usually leave some change in his pants pockets but one time I found a fifty dollar bill, I didn't get to keep that.

One of my easier chores was polishing the wood furniture every Saturday. I was an easily distracted kid and usually watched the tv while aimlessly wiping down the tables and whatnot. One day my dad came in and asked me what the f*ck I was doing, still staring at the tv I say "polishing the coffee table" then I look down and something's off, instead of polishing the table the finish was gone from where I was just scrubbing, "uh, something's wrong with this polish I think...".

Turns out I had accidentally grabbed the oven cleaner instead of the furniture polish. He always bought the cheap cleaning chemicals from Family Dollar and their cans all looked the same, white with yellow caps, only the picture was different  (and text, of course). My dad loved that table, he refinished it but you could always tell where I had my fark up. Thankfully the absurdity of the situation made it funny to him and he laughed instead of giving me the belt. Just walked in to see me mindlessly watching tv while scrubbing the coffee table with oven cleaner.
 
2020-06-07 3:15:15 AM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Bathia_Mapes: No allowance so if I wanted spending money I picked green beans for 2 1/2¢ lb (5¢ lb if you worked the whole season) and strawberries (25¢ a flat/12 pint baskets to a flat). Or mowed our neighbor's yard which they alway let get wildly overgrown, and made the job even more difficult since they never had their mower blades sharpened. Kind of like mowing a bunch of tall grass with whirling butter knives. :/ Received a princely sum of 50¢ for that.

I hated having to mow that lawn, but my folks made me, saying it was unneighborly to refuse, especially since they seniors. I didn't dare talk back and ask them, "Why don't you mow the lawn then instead of making me do it?" because I knew I'd get in big trouble.

Same here. At home I mowed the lawn in summer and shoveled the drive and walk in the winter. The allowance was not having to listen to the farking story of how my mother almost died giving birth to me.

In summer, I could also get 30 cents a dozen picking nightcrawlers, and the veterans clubs paid me 15 bucks every time they needed Taps played for a military funeral.


Sister and I used to pick nightcrawlers too, but I alway made more than her because she'd get impatient and damage them. IIRC we were paid 35¢ dozen.
 
2020-06-07 4:16:55 AM  
Not an allowance per se, but my parents were pretty enthusiastic about me working as a teenager.  I mowed the lawn of the parents of a Grammy nominated musician as well as washed dishes that Jim Kelly ate off of.  Also my girlfriend got hit in the head by two different NHL players on different dates.

I got out of chores by pointing out that I had to go my real job.  My parents were very nice to me about that bullshiat.
 
2020-06-07 5:13:30 AM  
Heh all of you are old.

I got $10 a week to take out the garbage, unload the dishwasher, tidy my room, and empty the bathroom trash cans.

I spent my money on CDs.
 
2020-06-07 9:13:34 AM  

Cafe Threads: I was pretty lucky as a child, getting $0.50 a week for setting the table and putting away the clean dishes from the dishwasher five times a week. But I also had four siblings.

What did you get stuck having to do before getting your allowance, and what did you spend it on? I'll admit  that I hit a candy store every time.


Minimum wage was 3.50 when I started working at 14yo. I bought a car for $600 when I was 16
 
2020-06-07 9:14:57 AM  

granolasteak: My allowance was not to have my ass best with a belt if the chores weren't done.

Allowance:  ability to sit down.


See, I got beatings and five bucks a week. It was shockingly good training for adult life.
 
2020-06-07 9:15:48 AM  
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2020-06-07 9:16:06 AM  
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2020-06-07 9:18:07 AM  
My parents paid me to do chores only so they could enjoy watching me fark up and/or hurt myself.
It was like come kind of cheap afternoon comedy theatre for them.
 
2020-06-07 9:20:43 AM  
Cleaning and maintaining should not be paid; they're expected communal tasks, and should be expected.

Giving a kid money is a good idea. And I mean give it. No strings. No, "put it in the bank" or any conditions.

When our kid was 3, he got .50/week. When we'd walk around town he was permitted to buy what he could afford: gum, candy, a small toy. He learned, at 3, to manage his own money. If he bought that candy now, he couldn't afford that little truck he wanted. Sometimes that was ok, sometimes he really wanted that truck, and he learned to save.

By the time he was 5, we talked about what to do with money he saved - besides buying things. Saving just to save, donating, saving to buy gifts for others. He was getting about $3 or so a week by then. He sat up one night and saw a program on yellow fever and a project for prevention and treatment. The next day he'd designated money to be donated to that program. I was gobsmacked.

Learning by doing applies to money, too.

And paying them to do chores leads to either extortion ( "pay me more and I'll do it!" ) or simply preferring not having spending money rather than taking out the trash or washing dishes.
 
2020-06-07 9:23:11 AM  
No allowance growing up but there was a huge delayed payout in life lessons when I got out on my own.  Dad was/is relatively handy and rarely paid skilled labor to fix things around the house.  From working on small engines to painting the house and rewiring he did a lot and I was a watchful eye and helping hand.  Mom raised 4 kids and everyone helped around the home with chores.  Laundry, window washing, scrubbing floors, cooking, gardening, dishes and so on.  We biatched as kids can about things that now seem trivial but mom and dad made the learning curve on being an adult in a clean maintained home easy.
/Thanks mom and dad, you did alright
 
2020-06-07 9:25:29 AM  
Picking weeds and stones out of the soil at a local allotment my parents rented for a couple of years was the worst of the chores thrown at me as a kid. 4~5 hours of that on a Sunday afternoon for a Crunchy bar or coppers (I remember getting all of 12p once after a 4 hour shift there).
Mom was weird, though. She gave me 50p after I was nice to a Downs syndrome kid in a toy shop. I didn't think I had done anything special, so I had no idea why a couple of minutes of talking to another kid merited 4 times the amount of hours of back-breaking work in the allotment.
 
2020-06-07 9:27:10 AM  
Only thing I remember getting money for was mowing the lawn. $10 for 90 minutes work (push mower) in the Florida heat. Never felt worth it.
 
2020-06-07 9:32:55 AM  
No allowance, but when I turned 9 I cut our lawn for $1 a week. (Very small lawn. Not a burden even at 9).

After a couple of years, I wanted a Roberto Clemente model glove. That cost (IIRC) $28. So, that year I didn't even get my $1/week. Shortly after that, our family's fortunes declined precipitously and the money for mowing the  lawn disappeared. For spending money, I cut grass, raked leaves, cleared snow etc of other houses. At 16, I got an after school job.

I kept that job for 2 years, and then I was old enough to pay room and board. Which was my mother's indirect way to tell me to move out.

BTW, I looked up pics of the Roberto Clemente model which my memory said was the height of sophisticated baseball gear. It looks like a bag of leather stuffed with kapok. It was stolen from me at 17 but by that time I really didn't care about playing anymore. But for awhile I loved that glove. I went from being an automatic error to playing either 3B or center field. It was all in the glove. If we were speaking to each other in person you'd make reassuring noises but internally you'd be thinking, "What a glove!"

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2020-06-07 9:33:22 AM  
The closest thing we had was when our mother got into pop psychology and tried "behavior modification." I'm not real sure what behavior she was trying to modify - we were boring kids, no drugs, no getting into our parents' alcohol, no smoking (because mom smoked and ewww). Anyway, she got poker chips to use as our reward chits for TV time. And a little silver bell to summon us from our upstairs bedrooms.

My brother and I bought our own chips from the same store she got hers. We hid the bell in the basement in a joist for the first floor. I've wondered if that bell is still there.
 
2020-06-07 9:36:20 AM  
Chores as a boy living with my grandfather; taking care of the hunting dogs, helping with his oyster boat. Later with mom it was house work and the garden. She used to brag to all of her friends about the wonderful vegetables "she" grew in the garden. Never got a real allowance, just some spending money from time to time. So when I was 10 me and my best friend started our own landscaping business, a push mower, a weed trimmer and a rake. Charged $4-$10 depending on the size of the yard. We would spend the money on video arcade games and hot dogs at the 7-11.
 
2020-06-07 9:36:34 AM  
We had a cabin by a lake in Northern Quebec when I was a wee lad. My dad told me he'd pay me a penny for every log I split. By the end of the day, I had five dollars. That was a lot when your allowance was a quarter.
 
2020-06-07 9:43:38 AM  
Allowance was not tied to chores.  Chores are something that need to be done because you live in a family. You do not get to stop them, whether you're paid or not. Allowance is what is given to you to teach you about money and ensure that whenever you are out with your parents there will be no begging for things.  You want it?  Buy it yourself.  Not enough money?  Save up.
 
2020-06-07 9:44:15 AM  
Grew up in Florida in the 60s. The big thing was mowing neighbor's yards. Got $5 for mowing and an extra buck for edging. Had to go around all the palm trees with hand grass shears. As a teen, went to work in a restaurant as a bus boy.
 
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2020-06-07 9:46:07 AM  
I had an allowance back when I was a little kid. I remember getting $.25 a week when I was 4 or 5. It was enough to get a coke and a candy bar, or an ice cream. When we moved from CA to WY just before I started Kindergarten, no more ice cream man. It gradually went up to $.50, $.75, $1, etc. When I was in 5th grade my father decided it was time to teach fiscal responsibility to my brother and me, so we got our allowance and lunch money once a month, a total of $30. School lunches were $1.10, so about $22 a month. If we were careful, the excess was enough to see a couple of movies each month, or a couple of comics a week. No getting around paying for lunch, if I took a sack lunch, I had to pay my mom for it.

For chores, when I was little it was dishes, clean your room, clean the table and counters, etc. As we got older, more physical chores were added. We had to assist my father every summer in cutting our firewood for the winter, usually 5 cords. This would take up 5+ weekends every summer. I hated stacking all that wood. Taking care of the lawn, shoveling snow, weeding were some of the other things we did. For a year or so I was also a paperboy. I learned the lesson that some jobs pay so little it's not worth it. The paper decided to switch to mailed billing instead of the paperboys collecting. There went the tips which were more than what the paper me. I made about $30 a month doing that for about 16 hours of work. Delivering papers in a WY Winter sucked.
 
2020-06-07 9:47:32 AM  
I was mostly raised by a single dad who worked long hours, so I did literally all the chores. Laundry, house cleaning, a good portion of the cooking, all the dishes always, etc. He was also severely dyslexic so I also managed the finances and wrote the checks for the bills and mailed them out and all that, as he could barely read. So I got 20 bucks a week(late 80s thru early 90s).

That got spent on books mostly. I could usually also wheedle my grandmother into buying me books.
 
2020-06-07 9:54:55 AM  
No allowance.  Just chores - mow the lawn, help with the dishes.  Normal stuff.  But mom was good about taking me to the record store and letting me by an album.  Dad would take me to the bar and feed me quarters to play pinball so that he could sit at the bar and drink.  45 years later the bar is still there. The record store is gone.
 
2020-06-07 10:01:21 AM  
Allowance was $10 a week for taking out the trash every night as long as I maintained straight A report card. I got a B once and for the next 9 weeks had zero allowance.
I didnt really care about the allowance too much because the real money came from selling joints behind the bleachers.
 
2020-06-07 10:31:11 AM  
My mother died when I was young and my father raised 6 kids on his own - I am the youngest.
My father was always depressed - rightfully so in his situation.  My sister convinced me that we should try to clean the house as much as we could to cheer him up.  We did as much as we could every week - even trying to rearrange the furniture to change the atmosphere at home.  I also began taking care of the lawn, planting flowers and grew a vegetable garden.  I think I was really good at it.  The cleaning/tidying/taking care of things cheered me up.
Eventually older siblings moved away from home leaving me and my father to ourselves.
The effort to cheer my father up did not go away with less people in the house.  I did it all on my own.  I worked very hard at keeping things neat.  My father did not let it go unrecognized, he would give me a small allowance and periodically complement how things looked.
To this day cleaning cheers me up.  If I'm upset, moody, fidgety - organizing and cleaning is cathartic.
 
2020-06-07 10:33:21 AM  
Never really had an allowance. At about 12-13ish I started mowing the lawn. Got good with manual spike wheel edger and electric weed whacker. A new neighbor moved in and offered me $20 to take care of his lawn in the same fashion. When I told my dad he said, that's great; what mower are you going to use? Oh you want to use MY mower to take care of someone else's lawn, and I assume you expect to use the rest of MY tools as well. I will make you a deal, for $5 each lawn you may lease my tools. I asked for gas money and my dad looked over his glasses.... I was bitter at the time but here is the breakdown of the $20:

$5: equipment lease
$0.50: gas (could get two 1 acre lawns from 1 gallon)
$2: Sunday offering plate
$8: to savings account
$4.50: to Skippy peanut butter jar which was my checking account

Out of the $4.50 I had to buy a ledger and 2 pens; one black, one red. I had to record income and expenditures to everything. If I watched the neighbor's pets while they were out of town for $5: $0.50 to offering plate, $2 to savings, $2.50 peanut butter jar. Grandma sent $5 in a card, same thing.

After a couple of weeks I grew to 5 lawns a week and was able to from my savings purchase my own craftsman mower (still remember sitting in Sears putting it all together and putting the manuals and receipts in my backpack then pushing the mower four miles home). I was told to put the $5 equipment lease into big purchase savings account (oh and by accounts I mean separate coffee cans and peanut butter jars).

I maintain those learned skills from adolescence today. The 10% doesn't go to a church now though, it goes to charities. I don't save %40 of my pay (though I did for the first couple of years in the work force on my own) more like %25-30 and %4 to 401K (max matching from company). But those lessons have served me well along with being fortunate enough to never have a break in employment, but when things out of my control happen like gas shooting up to $5 a gallon in 2008 and my wife being laid off the past 4 months I have had first a big purchase savings to cushion and now working on regular savings account which can last about a year.

So yeah, my dad was an asshole, but still taught me a lot on finance that has kept me out of the trouble and traps some folks fall in.
 
2020-06-07 10:34:52 AM  
I remember we drew up "contracts" listing what we would do, and how much we'd get paid.  I was the youngest so I got all the leftover, PITA jobs that nobody else wanted.  Dusting once a week, drying dishes, emptying wastebaskets, crap like that.  Ten cents a week when I started, age 6.  Went straight to the candy counter on Sunday after church.  After awhile, the contracts went by the wayside and we just sort of did the same things, or when asked.  Eventually that included chopping and hauling firewood, mowing the yards, and stuff like that, for a buck a week.  Sometimes I'd forget to collect - we made our pocket money picking fruit in the summer - farms sent out buses and picked up schoolkids for strawberries, raspberries, and beans.  Picked cherries at granddad's.
 
2020-06-07 10:36:10 AM  
 1964, take out the garbage twicw a week, sweep the front steps, polish my Dad's shoes, set the supper table, dry the dishes my sister washed afterwards- ten cents.

And this was when a comic book cost 12, so I had to scrounge the other 2 by myself.

Times were really tough for a 6 year old back then :P
 
2020-06-07 10:39:53 AM  
I got enough to buy a Hot Wheels car every few weeks or a model kit if I really waited. I really don't remember any chores.
 
2020-06-07 10:40:03 AM  

Billy Liar: I remember we drew up "contracts" listing what we would do, and how much we'd get paid.  I was the youngest so I got all the leftover, PITA jobs that nobody else wanted.  Dusting once a week, drying dishes, emptying wastebaskets, crap like that.  Ten cents a week when I started, age 6.  Went straight to the candy counter on Sunday after church.  After awhile, the contracts went by the wayside and we just sort of did the same things, or when asked.  Eventually that included chopping and hauling firewood, mowing the yards, and stuff like that, for a buck a week.  Sometimes I'd forget to collect - we made our pocket money picking fruit in the summer - farms sent out buses and picked up schoolkids for strawberries, raspberries, and beans.  Picked cherries at granddad's.


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2020-06-07 10:58:16 AM  

Serious Post on Serious Thread: Cafe Threads: I was pretty lucky as a child, getting $0.50 a week for setting the table and putting away the clean dishes from the dishwasher five times a week. But I also had four siblings.

What did you get stuck having to do before getting your allowance, and what did you spend it on? I'll admit  that I hit a candy store every time.

Minimum wage was 3.50 when I started working at 14yo. I bought a car for $600 when I was 16


Minimum wage was $2. 50 when I was 15, I spent it on hash which was around $20 a 1/4 Oz.
 
2020-06-07 11:01:58 AM  
Never got to read it. One of those fake survey ripoffs kept popping up.
 
2020-06-07 11:03:20 AM  
From about 8th grade to until I graduated high school I got a monthly allowance of $20. For that I was expected to vacuum, clean bathrooms, mow the lawn, dishes, and anything else that came up, when asked. The lawn only took 45 minutes, including trimming. Our house was mostly ash trees and gardens bordered by rocks dug out of the ground or pulled from the couple feet high rock pile that at one point was a 100+ year old border between farms which ran through the back of our yard.

Was ash trees. Mom took a pic in the mid-80's and again about 5 years ago in the same spot. In the 30 odd years in between pictures half of the trees were removed. Not because they wanted them gone. Yay emerald ash bore, a couple lightning strikes and trees that just up and died.  More or less i chopped, and stacked a wood pile that stretched about 20' Even with my parents regularly using the fireplaces (yes, two. One in the basement and a dual entry one that separated living/family rooms on the tri-level) much of that wood just rotted.

So. Wood. So much wood. We had trails running through those woods. Branches also ended up being wood chips. If we didn't have enough to chip, my brother and I moved about 10 yards of wood chips that got dumped on our driveway.


Anyway, where was I going with the 'allowance'. I only got $20 per month. I was expected to budget that $20. Summers, fall, and spring?, sure, we got a little extra for days and days of yardwork. Schoolyear? I was expected to budget what I had. No advances. I didn't have a job until the last half of my senior year in high. Many of my weekends were taken up doing boy scout things.

Our high school was lucky enough to have a public access tv station. We had gear. 3 decent cameras, switcher, multiple tiny crt monitors, graphics (amiga), soundboard, wires headsets for director and cameras to talk. 2 carts in wheels built to hold our 'mobile studio'. (We also had a studio...)That meant, though, that we videotaped football, volleyball, and basketball. 2 nights per week. For any of those we didn't leave the school after the bell rang at 3. Had to move the carts and set everything up. Finally left my school grounds when games were done and we got all the equipment back to our studio, 'The Room'. About 9ish

That meant either I had to bag myself a dinner, or stretch what little I had over the whole month. Grocery store bordered the school. Sometimes id treat myself a soda. Or one of my friends that had a car would make a food run between set up and game start. 99 cent whopper days where a god send to this teenager. Mcdonalds was a couple cheeseburgers (back then, IIRC they were 59 or 69 cents) and, if teenager metabolism was going overdrive, sometimes a small fry.

The lesson my parents more or less made me figure out how to do myself of watching and budgeting what little cash I had has served me well.
 
2020-06-07 11:12:39 AM  

bobobolinskii: Serious Post on Serious Thread: Cafe Threads: I was pretty lucky as a child, getting $0.50 a week for setting the table and putting away the clean dishes from the dishwasher five times a week. But I also had four siblings.

What did you get stuck having to do before getting your allowance, and what did you spend it on? I'll admit  that I hit a candy store every time.

Minimum wage was 3.50 when I started working at 14yo. I bought a car for $600 when I was 16

Minimum wage was $2. 50 when I was 15, I spent it on hash which was around $20 a 1/4 Oz.


My best hash story? I bought 4-5ozs in college. When I finally got around to moving out of my apartment, I was pulling up the cushions on my couch. It was almost a year later than the original purchase. And hole e shiat! A full ounce of black hash just sitting under the cushions! I should probably clean more often
 
2020-06-07 11:13:10 AM  
I got a stack of 40 quarters every Saturday morning, but I wasn't allowed to touch it until Friday night.  If I failed to make my bed, wash my dishes, mow the lawn, or whatever else was asked or expected of me, then coins were removed from my pile.  If my brother or sister did my chore for me, the removed coins were added to their pile.  Sometimes this happened by kids' agreement and sometimes by parental fiat.
 
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