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Dakota
May 4th, 2010, 02:05 PM
At least he said please

I couldn't decide whether this was a OC or OV topic. >_<

We all know what allowance is. Our parents give/gave it to some of us whenever we did a chore or something. And our income varied. But for some of us, we didn't even get allowance like me. My parents thought that you shouldn't get money for something that your supposed to do anyway. And as a twerp, that made no sense to me, and I always cried and begged for money. But now, I see that made total sense.

What are your thoughts on allowance




Again, sorry if this is an OV topic. >_>

Chibi-chan
May 4th, 2010, 02:09 PM
I think it's stupid to get paid for something you should be doing in the first place.
You eat off the plates, of course you better clean them.
You live in your room for free, so you deserve to clean it up when parents ask you to.
Why in the world should you get paid for doing what you owe back to your parents :|


For some, I guess it teaches you the value of a dollar, but for those who just want money, it's ridiculous.

Izanagi
May 4th, 2010, 02:13 PM
If you want that value dollar stuff, go do some stuff NOT required of you, like dusting the house or something. Cleaning your room and stuff? Why?

Narcissus Secret
May 4th, 2010, 02:15 PM
As much as I want money for cleaning my room, I shouldn't get it. That isn't the point of getting my room clean. The point is, actually cleaning it. The clean space itself should be enough for everyone. Of course, some people need that extra incentive of money to start doing anything... I used to only clean it for money... but now I enjoy it being clean... so yeah. I do guess that there are some things you should be paid for such as mowing the lawn, that is if your dad or whoever usually does it.

Kenpari
May 4th, 2010, 02:22 PM
I never got an allowance at all. Well, I never really had to do anything around the house anyway. For one thing, I always did whatever I needed to do to keep things clean. I shared a room with my brother, so he had to clean it up because I was never even in there and he make it messy all the time. He was always the bad one, so part of his discipline was doing the share of the chores around the house. I'm a neat person, so I never made messes anyway. Straight A student who doesn't start arguments(often) and cleans up after himself. My parents never wanted to bother me to do chores or anything like that.

NarutoActor
May 4th, 2010, 02:36 PM
Yeah they expect it, but If they see I am doing a good job they will trow me some bones. I have a job, so that is where most of my income comes from.

TRIFORCE89
May 4th, 2010, 03:04 PM
I think it's stupid to get paid for something you should be doing in the first place.
You eat off the plates, of course you better clean them.
You live in your room for free, so you deserve to clean it up when parents ask you to.
^^^^

This. Its just being decent.

shookie
May 4th, 2010, 03:13 PM
I got paid for babysitting my neighbor, but I wouldn't really consider that an allowance. I don't think kids should be paid for doing chores, but they should at least be rewarded in some way so they understand that making a habit out of things like cleaning is good. It doesn't have to be money but like...ice cream at the end of the week or something.
But uh, for my chores at home, I didn't get an allowance, though my stepbrother did. I don't really like talking about that though.

Aureol
May 4th, 2010, 03:50 PM
My parents never gave me an allowance until I was 18, and they did that only to convince me to not get a job (instead, work harder in college). I could pretty much ask them for anything, so long as I wasn't going overboard, obviously.

I don't see the point, really. Your kids should be raised to be responsible for things and not to only do basic duties because of a reward. Maybe you can offer a treat for odd-jobs such as moving, but even in those cases I wouldn't give money to them.

MegaSlowBro.
May 4th, 2010, 03:52 PM
I've never gotten an allowance from my parents, and I'm okay with it. I mean, they give me food, a place to sleep, etc. They give me so much already, why should I be greedy and ask for more? I think it's also good that they don't give me money, because it teaches me to save what I have.

RuRuBell
May 4th, 2010, 04:29 PM
I think it's ridiculous. I know someone who gives their kid money to brush their hair! They refuse to do it otherwise. It's so bratty.

Though I will admit, my parents did used to reward me for good grades in school...even though that was something I was supposed to do.

Gumball Watterson
May 4th, 2010, 04:50 PM
My grandparents allow me a monthly allowance for keeping good grades at school. I never really got an allowance during my early ages, or cared enough since my dad pays for anything reasonable I want XD. I get a few pays for extra work at home, which is not very often since we have a housekeeper.

And I am in agreement with my current way of allowances. School grades are a responsibility, and responsibility should be rewarded for being kept up.

And about the default works you should be doing anyways, I actually think some reward for that is reasonable because it teaches kids to work and then be responsible. I wouldn't see it as a pay, but a fishing lure to responsibility.

Ayselipera
May 4th, 2010, 05:42 PM
My parents never gave me an allowance. Although sometimes when they asked me to do something rather big like scrub all the cabinets in the house with a toothbrush I was given some money. Which yes I actually had to do that a few times.

I think for the most part children shouldn't be payed to do chores. It's something that your parents should teach you to do without pay. At the same time I also think it could possibly teach a child the value of a dollar. I guess I don't mind it too much as long as the pay is reasonable and you're doing it to teach them, not to just get them to do it. I say a reasonable pay because I knew too many kids my age who were payed 20 dollars just for cleaning their room.

Narcissus Secret
May 4th, 2010, 05:42 PM
My grandparents allow me a monthly allowance for keeping good grades at school. I never really got an allowance during my early ages, or cared enough since my dad pays for anything reasonable I want XD. I get a few pays for extra work at home, which is not very often since we have a housekeeper.

And I am in agreement with my current way of allowances. School grades are a responsibility, and responsibility should be rewarded for being kept up.

And about the default works you should be doing anyways, I actually think some reward for that is reasonable because it teaches kids to work and then be responsible. I wouldn't see it as a pay, but a fishing lure to responsibility.

Whilst I do agree with some of that, it often leads to people only wanting to do stuff for the reward.

Åzurε
May 4th, 2010, 06:00 PM
I have an irregularly-received allowance (thanks mom for keeping my card paid for) and I have to keep up with chores or I don't get it, but anything beyond that I have to work for. I think it works. It's enough to save with over time, but it's not enough that it feels that I'm just getting money handed to me. Even though, essentially, I am. >.<

FalconsDrummer
May 4th, 2010, 07:12 PM
I think allowance is a good thing in most cases, as long as it's earned. Having an allowance as a kid definitely taught me how money should be spent. I learned from my money-spending mistakes, which ultimately helped me understand the "value of the dollar," as they say. Now I make $10 an hour, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week at my summer job and I'm still very careful with how I spend it - I'm proud of that, and having allowance definitely helped lead me to that.

T3h Kaiser
May 4th, 2010, 07:58 PM
For some, I guess it teaches you the value of a dollar,

^This.

For kids pre-14 or something, yeah, it's cool. Teaches them to work hard, and everyone responds well to rewards. It helps condition them to want to keep stuff clean.

But eventually they should just want to clean for the sake of cleaning; there's a point when you're just too old for that mess.

Amaruuk
May 4th, 2010, 10:31 PM
For kids pre-14 or something, yeah, it's cool. Teaches them to work hard, and everyone responds well to rewards. It helps condition them to want to keep stuff clean.

But eventually they should just want to clean for the sake of cleaning; there's a point when you're just too old for that mess.

I agree with this. Allowance is a good tool for teaching kids to spend money wisely by giving them a set amount on a pre-defined basis, and having them figure out over time how to maximize its use. There is a point, though, when the kid needs to be weaned off of allowance and just do the work by itself, and if they want money, get a job.

I had allowance up to a certain point (too long ago to remember, so it was probably in the preteen/early teen years), and to be honest, without it I'd know even less about the value of money than I do. At least I don't buy pointless things like makeup, tons of clothes/accessories, or have expensive hobbies like trading cards or pay-to-play online games. I also buy video games rather rarely, like maybe two or three times in a year maximum.

curiousnathan
May 4th, 2010, 10:46 PM
I actually think that has it's good effects and bad effects.
Some of the good effects include, teaching kids about the value of a dollar. In what I mean by that is;is that it teaches kids how to save and spend money wisely and that if you work for stuff you will be rewarded even if it is little. Because these days, you don't get anything for free.

Some of the bad effects include; that things like cleaning your room, washing the dishes and whatnot is somehting you should be doing on a regular basis. Why get rewarded if you are doing somehting you should and need to do?

Cassino
May 5th, 2010, 01:47 AM
I don't think it makes a difference either way, it's up to people to see the benefits of doing these things themselves, not of what is or is not rewarded for its doing.

Zeffy
May 5th, 2010, 01:47 AM
I get a daily allowance, if I've had good grades. I call it "A dollar a day, keeps my grades so high".
Although, sometimes I get my money from my own work: that is a job.

Guillermo
May 5th, 2010, 02:10 AM
Meh. I just get stuff bought for me. I had an allowance for a little while but I decided it sucked, so instead I just ask my father to buy me various things.

loliwin
May 5th, 2010, 02:11 AM
Its good to get bonuses for something you did well! XD

Cherrim
May 5th, 2010, 07:11 AM
I think an allowance is important. Early on, it teaches them about money. A child with an allowance will quickly understand that in order to buy something, they have to save up for it. They'll learn that if they want that game, or they want that big toy, they can't spend their allowance all on little things like candy or trading cards. It may not teach the exact value of a dollar, but it definitely prepares them for things like budgeting and being responsible with their money.

Now I don't think kids should be paid for their chores--but that's not what I view an allowance as. It's kind of a half-empty, half-full thing. A kid does chores for the week and at the end of the week, receives money. They could be paid for work that they should be doing anyway or they could be rewarded for a job well done [for work that they should be doing anyway]. And as more and more responsibilities are added onto a child's "workload" (ie, at a very young age, they set the table; as they get older/taller, they can start unloading the dishwasher and putting dishes away where they can reach, etc.), more can be added to the allowance too. Show them that if they're old enough to take on new responsibilities around the house, they can also prove themselves more responsible with money. It's all about learning lessons, imo.

Sure, if you don't get an allowance and still have to do your chores, you'll understand that they're things that you just have to do (whether out of respect for the home your parents run or because you realize it's just a necessity). But when your parents buy you all of your things, when you hit the real world and realize things cost money and have no idea how to budget your funds very well, it's a pretty big step. :/

I actually think people don't learn the value of a dollar until they have their own job and/or pay their own bills. Allowance doesn't help that much with that. :/ That and once a kid gets a job, they shouldn't get an allowance. :/ I know people who have jobs and STILL get money on a weekly/monthly basis from their parents. So they have all this extra spending money and they'll never learn to save up or anything because why should they? They have disposable income! But for learning to budget/save up/not spend everything at once? An allowance is great to teach that skill early on.

it looks like i'm contradicting myself all over the place in this post. i need to come edit it later argh. xD;

Bluerang1
May 5th, 2010, 08:27 AM
Allowance yes. Allowance for working no. It's our room, so we should keep it tidy and hygienic for our safety. Then again, it's our room, so we shouldn't have to clean it up, since it's ours. And I've learnt, they cook, get us stuff, and all that, the least we could do is help around the house (coming from a hypocrite xD)

TRIFORCE89
May 5th, 2010, 11:41 AM
I actually think people don't learn the value of a dollar until they have their own job and/or pay their own bills. Allowance doesn't help that much with that. :/ That and once a kid gets a job, they shouldn't get an allowance. :/ I know people who have jobs and STILL get money on a weekly/monthly basis from their parents. So they have all this extra spending money and they'll never learn to save up or anything because why should they? They have disposable income! But for learning to budget/save up/not spend everything at once? An allowance is great to teach that skill early on.

it looks like i'm contradicting myself all over the place in this post. i need to come edit it later argh. xD;
I haven't had a job (looking though!) and am ultra stingy and frugal. I know other people who haves jobs and had an allowance at a young age and spend more than they make. So....

Rich Boy Rob
May 5th, 2010, 01:28 PM
I get pocket money every fortnight as a given, not for doing chores. I think kids should get pocket money, as how else would they ever be able to buy anything? I mean unless you just begged a parent to buy whatever it is you wanted for you (which in my opinion is worse) or you'd have to wait till you were 16 and able to get a job.

Sneeze
May 5th, 2010, 01:38 PM
I agree with pocket money, rewarding good behaviour is better than punishing bad in my opinion.

Andraya
May 5th, 2010, 02:49 PM
I've seen both sides of this. When I was younger, I recieved money for cleaning my room...But I also stopped recieving money for school. Although I had a little more than what I usually would get, I would still feel good with myself. That lasted for about two years. Now my parents just give me some money when I go shopping for food or when I wash their cars.

With my sister, things are a little different. Now we have an housekeeper, so she does not have to worry with cleaning her room as much as I had. My parents, at the beginner at the year, set a goal: if you have "x" fives (or A's), then you will get "something" (basically, my sister just asks for All Stars). So, for the whole year, she works with that in mind. Like an adult who works to recieve their pay.

Maybe it wouldn't work with other kids? Maybe. But this system worked with both me and my sister. Both of us know how to manage money and imagine how much our parents had to work to get it. We always think twice before spending it.

I really think it's an important lesson that should be learned as soon as possible!

P.S.: Forgive me for my mistakes. I'm not a native speaker.

Muffin™
May 5th, 2010, 04:27 PM
I hate it. Guess what? I'm 11 and I get 80$+tips on Saturday+Sunday every week from selling my local newspaper.


Now that is some REAL money.

Yusshin
May 5th, 2010, 11:11 PM
I never had an allowance. I don't mind that fact either; my dad would buy me what I want / need anyway.

I do believe an allowance teaches a sense of responsibility, though. It helps children become associated with the value of money. A lot of kids nowadays take money for granted until they're 24 and living on their own after college. Their money-handling and budgetting skills are terrible by that time because of neglect.

So I'm all for giving an allowance. It lets kids focus on school and not a job, too, which is good. They'll feel rich having earned 10$/week anyway.

Zorua
May 11th, 2010, 04:10 PM
I used to get allowance for the things that I would do to help around the house, from what I remember(if my memory isn't being faulty). I'd only get "grade money" which is basically getting money for good grades. I don't mind it as much because it's a reward for doing something good, for making excellent grades and stuff.

I realize it's something that I should've been doing all along, and I'm working on that for myself much, not for the allowance. My parents reward me due to me working hard for my grades. And they can do that, but my primary focus in mind is to work as hard as I can to make sure that I meet my life goals.

Reginaldvonburger
May 12th, 2010, 02:30 AM
Personally, I would like to get allowance.
More or less all the kids in my class get EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) and get about £30 a week. I on the other hand don't get any money.

I know that these jobs I do I should do any way but it's not really fair that I have to decide whether I get either food, the train or something I actually want when I go out with my mates, when they're all walking around with £100 in their pockets and buying useless crap.

PkMnTrainer Yellow
May 12th, 2010, 05:25 AM
Allowance is not cleaning your room necessarily. In fact, I don't see why that was even brought up. You can't be in-between. If parents want to do it and they're allowed to they will and it's okay. So there's really no middle ground here.

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
May 12th, 2010, 03:20 PM
I used to get an allowance for household chores, but never for cleaning my room. Hence, my room rarely got cleaned.

I just wish I wasn't stuck with the 25 year old broom where some of the bristles would fall off every time I used it...

Katie_Q
May 12th, 2010, 08:22 PM
right now my parents give me $80 a month :O I have to do house work, but it's stuff I should do anyway (cleaning my room, cleaning MY bathroom and toilet, dishes, looking after my dogs etc.). But I don't get the money for doing chores. They say it's because it's just the way the budget works. So they keep giving it to me. I'm trying to get a job though, so maybe then they'll spend that $80 a month on something more useful. We're in a lot of debt, they probably shouldn't be wasting money on a crazy teenaged girl.
I've always gotten an allowance for jobs I should be doing. I think it was good for me to have my own money, because I had to pay for things I wanted, so I learnt not to go to my parents every time I wanted a cool new toy, or book, or game. And, despite the fact that I was doing jobs I should be doing anyway, it taught me that you have to work for money.

Sydian
May 12th, 2010, 08:29 PM
I don't get an allowance. Never have, never will. But if I did, I'd have to pay for all my food and whatnot. I'm good at saving my money, though. I still have Christmas money, actually. I'm kinda against it though for the reasons Erica says. I don't think much can be learned if money is just given to you, and I know some people whose parents just give them money. My mom gave me and my sister $5 to split at Relay for Life (raises money for cancer) last week since she knew we didn't have ours. I freaked out about getting just $5 cause I normally don't get any.

But back on topic, not really for it. It's like one big crutch imo.

Billy Mays Barbeque Sauce
May 21st, 2010, 05:47 PM
If you do something, say, that for your age, is pretty difficult, such as raking a yard full of leaves when you're 6, you should be rewarded. Not with money, but maybe praise and a favorite meal or extended video game time.

I was never given an allowance when I was younger, I just received money for my birthday and holidays.

Stairmaster
May 22nd, 2010, 03:37 PM
You shouldn't get paid for cleaning up after yourself. Don't want to clean? Don't mess things up.

Neurotripsy
May 22nd, 2010, 03:41 PM
I think a small allowance should be given so the kid learns how to handle & save money. I'm against rewarding everyday tasks with money or bribing them into studying, though.

Reddo
May 23rd, 2010, 03:39 PM
I've never had allowance... but I'm still for it.
If I had it (even a few coins) I would have done my tasks more willingly, and my high school years wouldn't be so heavy.

Doppelgänger
May 24th, 2010, 11:14 AM
Though I don't get an allowance, I think it's a positive thing, because it teaches kids the value of money. They can learn to save it.

Aether
May 25th, 2010, 04:52 PM
Allowance in itself is a good learning experience. It's a simple introduction to how the economy works: you work, you get recompensed for it.