Some of my friends get pocket money from their parents and I want to ask my parents for some. I’m only 13 so I can’t get a job yet, but when I’m old enough I plan to.
This is a great question and good on you for being proactive with wanting to make money! This can be a difficult conversation to have with your parents, especially if there are any financial difficulties in your family. Many parents would love to give their children pocket money, but might not be able to afford it, so I’ll answer this in two parts.
When asking for pocket money, you need to go in with a plan. What are you willing to do for the pocket money? What would help your parents most? The worst thing you can say is you’ll clean your room (you should already be doing this). What do your parents hate doing? Vacuuming? Cleaning the car? This is what you need to offer them.
If you know your parents can’t really afford regular pocket money, perhaps you could do some one-off jobs around the house. Once a month you could ask to do something and get paid for it – this way your parents won’t be locked in if money is tight. Remember, money can be tough sometimes for parents, so never try to make them feel guilty if they can’t afford it.