How Much Should You Pay Your Child for Chores?

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If you decide you do want to pay your child for completing chores, how much is acceptable? Money Crashers suggests that a good rule of thumb is to pay your child $1 for each year of their age, per week. For example, a 5-year-old who completes all of his chores would make $5 that week.

If you would rather base your child’s rate on the chores themselves, consider setting a dollar amount for each chore based on its difficulty. For example, picking up any items on the floor in the living room may be a one-dollar chore, and washing the car might be a five-dollar chore.

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Whatever you decide to pay your children for their chores, make sure you handle it in a way that teaches them money management skills. It is important that our children learn financial responsibility in a way that will stick with them, even into adulthood. 

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How Much Should You Pay Your Child for Chores?

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  1. Michele says:

    Most of my children our teenagers so cleaning their room and picking up after themselves is a form of responsibility. There are certain things around the house that everyone joins in and does together so its less on everyone and unfortunately we don’t have a lot of money so there are no allowances. Now if extra things our done then depending on what it is, depends on the money. Cleaning out gutters 10.00, cutting the grass 10.00, picking up sticks, 5.00, crushing cans 2.00 and so on. They also need to learn that everything you do doesn’t come with a price tag. I want them to b able to learn to volunteer their time and help out people. It makes them feel good to do a good deed.

  2. Eva says:

    I don’t pay my child to do their chores. In my opinion the learn nothing from that. I understand if they did something extra, then they deserve an allowance. But to do everyday tasks that they will be expected to do in their future, No.

  3. Amanda says:

    I think a small allowance is a great way for a child to learn about money management and counting. Throughout the week my son does little chores and then on Sundays I give him 4 or 5 quarters to put in his money jar. In which he “counts” them. He gets so excited when he counts the change and puts them in the jar. Chores are things we are suppose to do but a small reward doesn’t hurt, it’s not like you’re spoiling them by giving them $20 a week.

  4. Shelby says:

    My mom would only pay me 5 dollars a week no matter what my age I was. Even teen years. The chores weren’t too bad except for sat when we spent the whole day cleaning. But no one in my school had to the chores my parents made me do daily. So it was pretty unfair. It was less than a dollar a day I’d make if you do the math. When I moved to my dads he gave the “I’m lucky to be their” attitude” and there for chores were the least I could do without an allowance. Then when I needed something it was “what have you done to deserve it?” Or “why should I?” As if I owed him for being a parent. If I had a job hed probably make me pay rent on top of it. I disprove of both these methods but I’m not sure what I’ll do as far as that goes but I won’t do what my parents did. She’s only 9 months. I got time to think about it.

  5. Alicia says:

    Im not sure about it yet

  6. KT. S says:

    I didn’t earn a allowance till I was 10. Now I did however give my 4 year old a $20 to go buy her something so she would understand money. It was a great learning experience for her too! After we did this experiment she never demanded me to buy her anything again, she would ask me if it was too much money and if she could earn the toy. It was the greatest feeling to have my four year old offer to help instead of me telling her to.

    • sayhola says:

      Great idea! A few weeks ago my husband and son were enjoying a snack… my husband asked if he wanted to learn about money. He said sure, so my husband offered him a cracker he had and said it would “cost” three of the raisinets the kiddo had. He counted them out, got the cracker, and proudly announced “I paid Daddy.” I was really proud of BOTH of them. 😉

  7. sayhola says:

    I don’t think children should be paid for chores at all – they are expected to do certain jobs as being part of a family. I have jobs to take care of the family, Daddy has jobs to take care of us, and so will the children – that’s just basic responsibility. For example, if you can’t take care of your toys, you will lose them. If you can’t help when asked, you can have time out. I don’t think I’ll pay for grades, either. However, their money and “treats” and fun activities that cost money will be certainly correlated to behavior, attitude, etc., and I do think it’s important for there to be consequences (and rewards) for such things. If there is a school dance and the child has been well-behaved, there will be a few bucks provided for a snack and drink. That is how I was raised and it seemed to work; I hope that theory will continue in this day and age. Money management is a bit separate of an issue – taught through things such as monetary gifts for birthdays, holidays, etc., and having savings accounts and college funds and piggy banks from birth. Just my opinion – there are lots of ways to approach this, and so many ideas work well.

    • mommy nhoj says:

      I agree. Being the eldest of 5 and raised in a culture where every family member has certain “task assignment” – I would like to teach my own child to develop the same sense of responsibility. And yes, my piece of thought as well. If it works for others, then good. But I did remember an instance when my father paid me for pulling out white hairs! That money went to my piggy bank!

  8. Growing up I never received an allowance but I always had what I need and as soon as I was old enough I got a job and earned my own money!

  9. I really think this would be a great idea for my three year old.Thanks

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