The practice of giving allowance to children seems to be going away. That could be good or it could be bad. When I was a kid, I don’t recall getting allowance. My brother and I would make our own money early in life by shoveling driveways and sidewalks in the neighborhood.

I even had a delivery route each week delivering of all things one of the most popular magazines then…TV Guide. Oh, I had maybe 15 people on my route, but I learned quickly that I could make my “allowance” by earning it. Today, it seems like kids just ask for it and Mom and Dad dish it out no questions asked. I am not sure too many youngster get allowance these days. Maybe I am wrong.

For those who do get allowance, I was reading in the latest Time Magazine that only 1% of American children actually save any of it. And in case you were wondering, the average annual allowance is $780, or $65 a month, or basically $15 a week.

Do you give your children allowance? If so, how much?

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