No Allowance, No Problem: Growing Up Without the Pocket Money Perk

Believe it or not, the concept of receiving an allowance is foreign to many. Here are 12 curious insights from an online community who grew up without pocket money.

1. Allowance Absurdity: A Fiction

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Many folks admit thinking that allowance was “a TV show thing.” Growing up, they didn’t know anyone else that got one either. One thought it was a “rich people TV thing” at first before they moved away from Memphis to Raleigh. Another member aptly cites Julius from Everybody Hates Chris (2005) on this occasion: “An allowance!? I allow you to sleep here at night.”

2. Allowance Is for Rich Kids!

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“I supposed it was for rich families, as they would have the extra money to do so,” comments a member. However, another user disagrees, saying they came from a privileged position in a highly well-off family and didn’t get an allowance because it was deemed all their needs were met. A member who grew up in the upper-middle-class part of the school district shares how all their friends thought they were wealthy. “No, my parents are — I was budgeting my birthday money to last until the next year.”

3. A Yearning for Earning

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One member shares how they helped at their dad’s stone masonry business for 40 hours a week! They did it for free until 18, when their father finally had to start paying them. A second member got a job when they were 14 and have worked ever since. Another one started working right away at 16 just to be able to buy the things they wanted.

4. Making a Case Before the Parental Court

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As someone who grew up without an allowance, a member had to ask their parents to buy anything they wanted. However, it was a challenging feat as it entailed explaining what it is, why they want it, and any other justification for the item.

5. Alternative Avenues

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However, an allowance isn’t the only way to acquire some cash. One member shares how they would get “tooth money” when their teeth fell out. Later, they would get birthday money but not pocket money. Besides, they explain, they never went anywhere they could spend the money anyway.

6. No Allowance: Mindfulness or Penny-Pinching?

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A user who grew up in an upper-middle-class household never got any allowance. While their parents paid for everything, such as sports, clubs, hobbies, youth group trips, events, etc., they weren’t as forthcoming about buying “stuff.” “In fact, our dad was rather against the idea of wasting money on things he saw as frivolous,” they recall.

7. A Tale of Unfulfilled Desires

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One member shares how, despite being wealthy, they were always a console generation behind everyone else. “While everyone else was playing Xbox 360, we were playing Xbox.” They understand that their dad was trying not to spoil them, but this user wants their kids to live out their video game dreams and get an allowance tied to their chores.

8. Sneaky Tactics

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Desperate times require desperate measures. One commenter mentions developing an ability to pirate things as a teen because of a lack of allowance. Another commenter notes that though they don’t do it anymore, they’d skip lunch as a teenager to save money to buy other things. “It just is what it is, being low-income,” they say.

9. Pocket Money: A Preventative Measure?

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Kids may resort to unconventional means to obtain what they want if they’re not getting an allowance. In unfortunate cases, that can include shoplifting. Hence, a commenter has observed allowance being given to the few working kids attending school in a wealthier side of town. This was done to discourage them from giving in to temptation or even accusations of shoplifting. “They knew the system would be much harder on their kids over a five-finger discount than it would their more well-off or privileged peers.”

10. Money Management Skills: Lessons in Prioritizing

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A keen observation from a commenter suggests that many families give their kids an allowance to discourage them from asking for things at the store and teach money management. They gave an example of parent-child interaction: “‘Can I get new shoes?’ ‘Do you have your allowance money saved up?’ ‘No.’ ‘Maybe in a few weeks.’ Cut to a week later: ‘Can I get candy?’ ‘I thought you wanted those shoes?’”

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12 Frugal Meals People Eat Even When They’re Rich. Do You?

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When money isn’t a problem, people tend to indulge in all sorts of luxuries they couldn’t afford when they didn’t have excess money to spend. However, sometimes, even when money is easy, there are food items you can’t say “no” to. Here are some of the most addictive, economical meals you can eat, even when money is no issue.

12 Grocery Store Luxuries That People Love To Treat Themselves With

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Sometimes, grocery shopping can be a chore. It can feel like just one more thing to get done during the week, so you don’t have to worry about it during the weekend. When money is tight, it can be even more overwhelming to try and get the best deals on food until you get to that one item you can’t resist. We all do it, splurging on that one food item we can’t do without. To that end, here are some of the most luxurious food choices people must have.

12 Dream Treats People Would Splurge on if Money Were Infinite

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Imagine a reality where your bank account was bottomless and financial constraints vanished. What would you choose to splurge on? Here are 12 dream treats members of an online forum would throw their money at if money were no object.

10 Frivolous Things People Spend Their Money On When They Could Be Saving

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Are you spending your money frivolously on stupid things when dealing with a tight budget, or saving more for emergencies? We all do. Door Dash and Uber Eats? Need I say more? Between the higher menu prices, delivery fees, and tips, you can spend $35 on a single sandwich! It’s absurd, and yet so many people do it. Worse, they know it’s a waste of money but will continue using the services. I’m guilty of using the delivery apps myself. Someone recently asked on an online forum for other examples of dumb things people waste their hard-earned cash on, and these are the top-voted responses.

Lovingly Limiting Loans: 10 Wise Ways To Set Money Boundaries With Family

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Family ties are undoubtedly some of the strongest bonds in our lives. We share laughter, create lasting memories, and support each other through thick and thin. However, navigating boundaries can be complex when it comes to financial matters. Here are 12 wise ways shared by members of an online forum to set monetary limits with family members.

This article was initially published and syndicated by The Cents of Money

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