This was unbelievable, but there it was, on Facebook. A mom charging her five-year-old rent!  This is NOT about me shaming a parent. I'm honestly curious if anyone does this. Do you or anyone you know charge your little kid rent?

I MAKE MY 5-YEAR-OLD PAY RENT. Every week she gets $7 dollars in allowance. But I explained to her that in the real world most people spend most of their paycheck on bills with little to spend on themselves. So I make her give me $5 dollars back. $1 for rent $1 for water $1 for electricity $1 for cable and $1 for food. The other $2 she gets to save or do what she wants with. Now, what she doesn't know is the $5 is actually going away in her savings account which I will give back to her when she turns 18. So if she decides to move out on her own she will have $3,380 to start off. This strategy not only prepares your child for the real world. But when they see how much real bills are they will appreciate you for giving them a huge discount


I didn't get an allowance until I was 15. $5 every two weeks. My friends all got more, but their allowances came with chores attached, so I figrued I was doing OK. I could do chores, weird ones, to make extra money.

  • Shine dad's shoes: 10 cents
  • Whisk-broom fringe on living room rugs: 10 cents
  • Push drive-way snowbanks back 3 feet - $2.00/hour (no slowpokin'!)

That last one was a lot of work, because you had to get on top of the snowbank, and shovel it into further into the yard, moving down as you went, eventually clearing enough space

That's a picture of me on a snowbank, looking into a bird house on a pole. Behind me is a garage, with a doorway visible. THAT'S how tall the snowbanks were.

A lot of work for only $2,00, but it was enough for a few hours work and a movie, pop, and popcorn with my friends.


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