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  • For the most part, I didn't get allowance or paid for anything I did at home. But, I started babysitting at 10 or 11, so I had money from then on. As far as extras, we always had to wait until Christmas or birthday for something special -- none of that "instant gratification" at my house!
  • I was working at 11 years old. Like Kdmichaels, I had to wait till a holiday or birthday to get something special. We didn't get stuff just because. I paid for my own voice lessons, and my own school lunches at times. When I wanted my own TV I had to save up and buy it myself.
  • I started mowing lawns when I was seven (using a push mower). My first job paid me $1.25. I spent the $.25 and asked my parents to "guard" my first dollar. When I graduated college, they gave it to me in a frame with the nicest inscription.
  • I had to work simply because my parents told me to.
  • Not really, I had to do chores and cleaning like everyone else, but besides that I was rather spoiled up to about eleven years old.
  • I still have to work if i want extra things
  • Pretty much. I had my usual chores, but then could do additional chores (shining my mom's and dad's shoes, ironing, etc.) to earn money for things I wanted.
  • To earn my "pocket money" i had tohelp my mum around the house, and if i wanted extra money for anything i had to help out at home and do my fair share, we werent well of so only fair that i earned my money,
  • I also worked for the things I needed as a child.
  • We didn't get an allowance so I did a lot of babysitting and going to the store for the older neighbors.....they always gave me a dime:) Made pot holders and sold them for a quarter. Didn't make much doing that.
  • Yes, my parents always taught me that nobody gets anything for free. I always had a list of chores I was responsible for, and received 25 cents a week until I became a teen and found work outside the home. I still had to do the chores, but the 'allowance' went up to $1, with half of it into a required savings account. when I graduated from high school, and got accepted to college, they gave me the savings and made up the difference for buying my first car.
  • Not exactly. Our "work" came more in the form of the emotional blackmail we endured. My mother will to this day say that she is very generous with her children (although we are all adults now)and yes, she is and always has been. Except that her generousity was, and is, a way of exerting control over us and pretty much just a complex passive-aggressive pyscological boobytrap. We were not allowed to "earn" money and buy things for ourselves. My mother always said she would give us whatever we needed, that we didn't have to earn it, but it was really just a control issue and a way to make sure we only bought the colors /brands /patterns /flavors /etc etc etc SHE thought we should like. And yes....she still tries to, even though we are all adults. That is why I no longer accept any type of gifts from my parents. Even Christmas and Birthday gifts, although my brother, sister and I still exchange gifts and we get things for my parents. Any type of "present" from my parents always comes with really sticky strings I now refuse to tie on.
  • Yes I did ! Starting at about the age of ten , I did many things from mowing lawns to hauling hay and a little of everything in between. That's how I bought and restored my first car and had money for dating and things that I wanted.
  • Heck yeah!!! We didn't get sh*t unless we worked for our own money. My brothers shoveled snow or mowed grass, and my sister and I babysat for money.

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