How Much Pocket Money Should I Give?

If you’re looking for answers on how much pocket money or allowance to give, then you’ve come to the right place.

We have pulled together some tips and averages to help give you a steer. Remember, these are indicative - pocket money doesn’t have to be expensive. Giving pocket money in the right way (however much) can teach your kids skills and confidence in money matters and give them immense satisfaction (especially if you encourage your kids to earn it)! Based on RoosterMoney users, here are the averages by age of money given by week.

Pocket money average by age

(Weekly)

4 yrs
5 yrs
6 yrs
7 yrs
8 yrs
9 yrs
10 yrs
11 yrs
12 yrs
13 yrs
14 yrs

Ages 4 - 8

4 yrs
5 yrs
6 yrs
7 yrs
8 yrs

Ages 9 - 14

9 yrs
10 yrs
11 yrs
12 yrs
13 yrs
14 yrs
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Top tips on how to decide how much to give to give.

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Budget what you expect your children to cover with their pocket money.

It is surprising how small things can add up! One way of working this out is to look at “Wants” versus “Needs”. You can decide what needs you want to cover and what wants they should be covering themselves.

It can also be a great way to get your child involved and thinking about budgeting. Getting them to tot up all the things they get a week from you by way of sweets and other treats will show them how much you spend on them . If they have to cover the chocolate and magazines, you can bet they will suddenly start thinking about how what they spend their money on much more carefully!

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Percentage of annual money received on birthdays and other occasions

13%

Most popular allowance day

Saturday
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Set out some conditions.

Giving money regularly and with conditions keeps your kids focused and able to budget.

You can create conditions which could be anything from successful completion of a reward chart to a batch of basic jobs you’d expect your kids to do as a ‘minimum’ each week. Agreeing a small amount of ‘income’ for these conditions each week gives your child something to focus on and lets them anticipate what they should be doing with their cash when they get it.

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Earning Pocket Money is exciting.
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The Lottery would be pretty boring otherwise.

"Earning" money is hugely satisfying. While a regular allowance can be given with conditions, you can inspire your kids to earn some extra cash! You might stipulate emptying the dishwasher is about contributing to the family and a requirement of an allowance. Cleaning the car or tidying the garden can be a bonus! Remember, small amounts are fine, your kids can develop their negotiation skills as they go!

Top Jobs on RoosterMoney

  • 1

    £2.97
    Gardening

  • 2

    £2.82
    Cleaning the car

  • 3

    £1.16
    Hoovering

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