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 6 curious insights from an online community who grew up without pocket money.

Growing Up Without the Pocket Money Perk

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.”

1. Allowance Absurdity: A Fiction

“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.

2. Allowance Is for Rich Kids!

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.

3. A Yearning for Earning

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.

4. Making a Case Before the Parental Court

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.

5. Alternative Avenues

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.”

6. No Allowance: Mindfulness or Penny-Pinching?

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