How To Ask Parents for More Allowance Money

I Need More Money

As you get older, you begin to realise that the couple of dollars your parents give you every week just isn't enough for you to buy all of the things that you need.

Your parents don't seem to realise that things cost a lot more today than they did when they were your age and that the couple of dollars that their parents gave them just doesn't cut it anymore.

Asking your parents for a raise in your allowance can be scary but it has to be done because you just can't cope with the amount that you are getting now.

Hopefully your parents will understand your needs and raise your allowance accordingly.

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You need money for almost everything that you want to do these days.
You need money for almost everything that you want to do these days. | Source

Why I need a Bigger Allowance

As a teenager you want to have a life, you want to be able to go out with your friends, you want to buy yourself little treats now and again but with no money it seems almost impossible.

Your body is changing and you need to buy personal things on a regular basis such as deoderant, feminine hygiene products or shaving products.

Before you approach your parents asking for more money you need to give them your reasons why you need it, there is no point in asking them if you can't.

Make a list of things that you need to buy on a regular basis, write down everything that you can think of that will help persuade your parents to act in your favor.

The better prepared that you are, the better the chances of you getting the raise that you asked for.

Your parents were once the same age that you are now and they should understand that you have different needs as you get older.

When is the right time to Ask for a Raise of Allowance

The best time to ask for a raise in your allowance is on the day before you are due to receive it. Your parents would normally give you the money on the same day that they get paid, when they have the money to give you.

Asking for a raise in your allowance at a time of the week or month when your parents might be struggling to get by is certain to be answered with a resounding no.

Can I have a Raise Please Daddy?

I wish that money grew on trees, I would give them everything they wanted.
I wish that money grew on trees, I would give them everything they wanted. | Source

A Parent's View

As a father of four children, three in their teens, I try to give my children everything that they need but in today's finantial climate it can be difficult to do so every month. Money is tight and hard to come by and although I would love to give my children a massive raise in their allowance I just cannot afford to do so at this moment in time.

I do buy the personal items that they need and I do give them a small amount of money for them to spend but they have all been told that if the really need more money that they should try to find a job after school and earn it.

My daughter is now working in a fast food restaurant a few hours earning her own money and learning the value of money for her efforts.

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Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

Another tip that I've always found useful is ask for $20.00 in hopes of $10.00 or $15.00. I remember working my "magic" as a teen that way.

I know that my kids are gonna need a minimum of $30.00 a week to see a movie on Friday nights when their older (their only 3 & 5). I'm hoping our finances can keep up with inflation... I anticipate a movie (if their still around) being $15.00 a "seat". GEEZZZZ

Thanks for sharing!


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wilderness 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

I think there is a great difference between "need" and "want" and that difference has nearly disappeared in the minds of today's youth. "Want, without effort" is now pretty much equivalent to "need" in their minds.

That's not to say that kids don't need an allowance, at least before they can earn their own spending money. If nothing else it will teach them about money, and that it must be hoarded until the right purchase comes along. That it is limited and not available every time something cool is in the store or every time some activity is planned or desired.

Along with that comes a parents need, usually not fulfilled, to understand what their kids need. Not what they can spend (that's nearly unlimited), but what they need in their society. Kids often need to ask for a "raise" because parents don't always know.

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I wish I had these tips when I was a teenager. We were so poor back then - we didn't even get an allowance. Everything went into the pot for food. I held my first job at age 10 babysitting. Ten bucks a week. That was big money in those days. Good hub and voted up!

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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

Useful tips for teenage readers. It's important to get a job early and have some financial independence - agreed.

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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

I must say I never asked my parents for more allowance, and trust me, it was never enough..... I had a much smaller allowance in comparison to the majority of my friends but I had to adjust my needs to what I had, period. Today I can say I am a very good money administrator and I know how to stretch a buck. I know that usually, the more you have the more you spend and one needs to learn to budget, especially when one is a teen. I guess if they have a good, reasonable budget plan, they have more chances to convince their parents, if mom and dad have the economy to give them a rise.

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Oilersmyth 4 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Financial management at an early age can help with skills later in life. A good age to start dealing with finance is 14-16.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon

I wish my parents would give me an allowance. Instead, if I need money, I borrow it and have to pay it back. the nerve!

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