I don't know that there is an average allowance. It depends a lot on what the teen is expected to use allowance for. My guys received about $50 - $75 per month. That was 'mad money' for them to use for entertainment and such.
My sons were responsible to cleaning their shared bathroom, unloading the dishwasher, mowing the lawn, folding towels, and vacuuming/sweeping.
We don't give allowance for chores. They have set responsibilites around the house they are expected to help with. If they want to earn money (none of them are old enough for part time jobs just yet) then we have them do extra work. That being said if they want something that is reasonably priced and it's not going to break the budget we do our best to get it for them. They are really good kids that work hard in school and are usually very helpful whenever asked so they know if it is reasonable we will do for them if we can.
Mine participate in helping with the household because they are members of the household.Don't and privliges..phone ,Ipads ,going out will be put on hold depending what they didn't do.
We do give an allowance starting in K.This is to help them learn to budget and spend wisely.The amount and what they are expected to spend it on escalates a bit each year as they get older.There is a large jump in 7th grade.At that point they are old enough to set up a daytime movie trip with friends so their allowance is to cover those expenses and some to save for itune cards ,games etc.When they are old enough to date ,drive etc more money ,more being responsible with what it is spent on.All of mine worked in the summers or volunteered once they turned 16.
Our oldest graduated from college with more than 5000 in savings .He has zero debt other than his mortgage ,owns two cars and a boat and significant savings ...he is 28.Our daughter is a senior B.S.N. major ,she also will graduate with savings and our teens both have money saved.This is how both my husband and I were raised and learning to budget and save has really served us well.
This works for us.How much would be based on what you can afford to some extent...no matter what I can afford there would be a limit on how much allowance they might receive.
They have set chores, laundry, vacuuming, trash, dishes, cooking for the older two, that they are expected to do. Their allowance is $35 a week, but if they need something extra, we'll give it to them, provided they've not done anything to not deserve it. We pay for all their needs, phone, gas and insurance for our oldest child's car, clothes, etc, so their allowance is strictly for whatever they want.
DD about to turn 16 gets 20.00 a week.
for cleaning her room, cleaning her bathroom and the 3rd bathroom, dusting the entire house, mowing the lawn, and anything else I see fit to have her do.
no allowance and no chores - i do not make them do anything but if they willingly help out i will give them a couple dollars
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