#390 – Value

When I was a kid I had a weekly allowance, I think it was $6. I had to learn how to budget my money so that I would have enough jolly ranchers to last the week. Then when I was older I got a paper route. This was an upgrade to an occasional full sized candy bar. How did you learn the value of money?

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15 thoughts on “#390 – Value”

  1. Rhiakath says:

    I had a weekly allowance of 100$ in portuguese money. That’s approximately 50 cents to you, nowadays. 😀
    Nevertheless, i managed to save more then, than i can now, with a job and everything….

  2. Mathias says:

    in a way this is actually true. lots of people have become rich by digging a big hole.

  3. Justice_junkies says:

    Who ever said “money doesn’t grow on trees,” never owned an orchard.

  4. kingklash says:

    Helping my Ma shop when we were kids. She would send my sisters one way, me and little bro the other way, after telling us what to get. After we bring back whatever, she would ask if we knew how much it cost, and whether or not there was a cheaper alternative. We all caught on quick that there was only a small amount of cash Ma had with her, and if we became good shoppers ourselves, there might be enough left over for candy, comic books, or magazines at the checkout.

  5. AustynSN says:


    Not only did your teach you fiscal responsibility, she got you to do all the work for her at the grocery store. BRILLIANT!!!

    1. kingklash says:

      Ma was like that.

  6. Library Lady says:

    I was sent to the store every other day for my grandfather’s Half-n-Half and told I could keep the change. That was good for a nickel bag of potato chips and penny candy (LONG TIME AGO.) There were usually six of my nine uncles always around so I managed to run errands for them for the change whenever possible. And every summer Saturday morning I’d make lots of noise so whichever uncle had partied a little too hardy would give me a dollar to get go buy myself something. I learned quickly how to manage my “loot” for Grape pop, potato chips, Paydays and Sugar Babies.

  7. rick2tails says:

    I never had an allowance. I guess my folks didnt have enough extra money.I got a job when I turned 16 at the grocery store and I`ve been working since.

  8. Eddy says:

    I had an allowance of 40 dollars a month, (20 every two weeks) not from my parents but uncle and grandparents, they’d have me do things daily like cleaning up, taking out trash, mowing the law, I became an expert at saving cash I managed to save about 1,250 dollars when I was 16, but then hard times came (harder than before when my parents couldn’t afford to give me an allowance) and I helped on the bills, it was proud moment for me, now if I just find a good paying job I can get back into old habits haha.

  9. Chuck says:

    No allowance. We were actually pretty poor. Even now I am very reluctant to spend any money I get a hold of. My mom is like “go out with your friends!” and I’m like “dlfkdjksjlkjdskl MONEY.”

    1. Eddy says:

      To Chuck, I’m exactly the same way! I almost Never spent that money I saved, instead my dad was paranoid that I was missing out on buying stuff, thanks a lot dad! make me spend my money! lol

  10. Geoff says:

    Dude, legumes don’t grow underground. They’re beans like soy and peas. Their picked on small plants.

  11. Antsan says:

    I didn”t really learn the value of money. I am still uncomfortable handling it and avoid dealing with money whenever I can.

  12. tirsden says:

    10% off the top for tithes to a religion I would have run screaming from if I wasn’t being brainwashed (not that I still wanted to give that money away), then the rest was split 50% to a savings account I barely ever got to use and didn’t really decide what the money was used for, and 50% I actually got to spend. To make it even “better,” we got almost nothing compared to anyone else I knew. It taught me nothing about money management, only to hate saving (baaad lesson).

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