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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.

Kim says:

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.

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