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My 13 year old is jealous of some of his friends that are getting $30 a week in money. That amount is crazy to me, given that he really doesn’t have any expenses, that he barely does his chores anyway and he will only waste the money on food and games. He currently get $10 a week, if he has done his jobs. Wondering how much everyone else thinks is reasonable for his age? Thanks in advance.


Posted by broo-rocky, 30th March 2021


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  • My sons get dollars according to their age, so my 13 year old received $13 and of course, it went up one dollar every year. However, when my first son got a job, it reversed so he then paid me $15 a week board. We had many arguments about this but I stood firm. You contribute to the household when you can. I didn’t ever raise the amount above $15 for board and it went into a separate account (so really is there for him anyway as a little future nest egg until he moves out). He loves this idea now that we are four years down the track and the account looks good.


  • Our 13 year old gets $5 a month as his base. More can be earned for chores and we still hand over $20 or $30 if for example he’s going to the movies with friends. We’re considering that we probably need to up it next year to help him learn budgeting.


  • $10 is fine. Especially if he doesn’t have any expenses. I’d ask your child what they would want to spend money on if they did get extra. Maybe you can come to some agreement that you can purchase a special something (within your budget) once he completes a certain amount of chores for a set period of time. That way he doesn’t spend pocket money on unnecessary fads or junk and learns about saving for something cool.


  • My son works for us if he wants money.
    So he chooses to work every 2nd sat for $35. He’s 15. If he’s to lazy. No pay…its on him this way.


  • My 11 year old gets $5.00 a week……$30.00 IS CRAZY sorry but tna teaches them.nothing, .those people have way to much money……..


  • Wow, $30 is a lot of money. I think $10 a week is a good amount. When I was a child, I used to get less than one dollar a month………..how times have changed.


  • My boys would get a set amount of $10 a week and they could earn extra. It also worked the other way and if they didn’t do their jobs they would get less than the $10. The deal was if they were with us at the shop they couldn’t ask for anything. That way they would have to make their allowance last for the week.


  • At the end of the day, you have to do what is comfortable for you, and it sounds like you don’t want to give him more. Unfortunately, adult life doesn’t give you the same wage as everyone else “just because”.
    Rather than a flat out “no” though, it might be beneficial to sit down and talk to your son, and come to a negotiation. Explain to him that in order to get his pocket money, he will need to identify specific chores that need to be done each week to get specific amounts of money. Some weeks, you may pay him more than $10. Some weeks you may pay him less because less chores are done. He’ll take more ownership (and you may get a cleaner house in the process!)
    Good luck!


  • When I was $13 my pocket money was based on my chores.


  • I don’t have a 15yr old, but my 15yr old get’s $40 and my 16yr old get $50 PER MONTH.


  • My almost 13 year old gets $10 per week and can earn up to an extra $8 depending on chores done during the week.


  • We went with $13 – $1 for every year of your life! It was more so when we went to the shopping centre he wasn’t always asking for something. He could use his own money.


  • If he wants more money, give him the chance to earn more, add extra job she can so eg. Wash the car earns an extra $5 Vacuum and mop the floors $5 ect ect so add ons to his regular chores. At 13 I never got pocket money I had to go get a job and do chores for my Nanna and she would give me $5 for helping her with things she couldn’t do but I would do them without expecting anything in return. Times have really changed with kids, things are more expensive now. Another option you could do if you are worried about him wasting it is give him a set amount but teach him to save, so $X amount has to be put into a money box that he can’t spend.


  • We give their age in dollars, so a 13 year old would get $13.
    And they have to bank at least 20%


  • Oh wow, 30 bucks is a lot for a teen!
    I used to get 5 bucks back in the day so I think between 10 and 15 should be enough. If he gets lunch everyday then he won’t be spending that money on food plus he can learn the value of money and teach himself how to save for something rather than it being handed to him.


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