Our daughter (soon to be 10) has the opportunity to earn up to $ 6.00 per week in allowance. She is paid every Saturday night, which is when my husband and I “close out our budget week.” We pay her the same way we get paid — electronically. We tell her how much she earned and she can add it into her own personal budget spreadsheet on the computer.
Currently she is “funding” the following savings categories that she created:
- Charity (this usually means buying items for Operation Christmas Child)
- Church (she makes her own offerings as she sees fit)
- American Girl
- Animal Jam (online game – she has to pay for her membership or ask for it as a gift)
- Clothes (for non-essentials, like earrings from Claire’s)
There is also a column for “Debt.” She has been in debt to us before (for an Animal Jam membership promotion). Dad does not accept only $1.00 in repayment either. Debt is a bummer! This debt experience sent her looking for “extra” work around the house so she could have her allowance and have money to repay debt. This is what Dave Ramsey calls “getting yourself a second job delivering pizzas.”
Finally, there is a column for her savings account.
(Money allocated in budget + savings) – Debt = Net Worth, calculated right in the spreadsheet.
In nine more years she will be eligible for student loans, credit cards, and car loans! I truly hope her experiences now are giving her a foundation for making financial decisions down the road. My feeling is that the college years take you from making very few decisions about money to making money decisions that affect your financial health for a good part of adulthood… and THAT is a whole other post!