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Allowance Chore Charts For Kids With Sample

Updated on July 6, 2020
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Susan is a mother of three grown men. She found that using an allowance chart taught them the value of money and how hard work paid off.

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How much should you give a child for an allowance is a question that many parents have. When my children were young I would have them do chores in order to earn a weekly allowance. I felt that this would teach them that the harder they worked, the more money they could earn.

I started a Chore Chart and had it in plain sight on the refrigerator. Each chore was listed with the amount that the chore was worth. At the top of the chart was each Child's name. At the end of the week, I would add up how many chores each child had done and pay them accordingly. This worked very well in my home as they always wanted extra money for something. This gave them a way in which to either save their money or make a purchase for something they wanted.

Some experts say that making a child do chores for an allowance is not the best approach. I disagree with this. Children need to learn that they cannot have everything they want just by saying I want that. Many parents do give into this, but I am a strong believer that you need to work for what you want, earn the money, and not just have everything handed to you. I truly feel that this teaches a child responsibility when it comes to money at a young age.

Here is a sample of the allowance/chore chart that I used. You can always make your own and adjust the amounts to what you feel each chore is worth and change it according to what your child is able to do.


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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada


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      5 years ago

      I f think it's a good idea. I didn't do this enough and, in retrospect, I see how beneficial it would have been! Thank you for sharing! Up+

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Amanda, So glad to hear that a chore chart works with your son and thanks for commenting. Good luck with the new chore chart start.

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      7 years ago

      I think children are wayyyyy to spoiled now a days and when my son was younger and I had a chore chart for him he was so more well behaviored. I stopped doing the chore chart for a couple of years now and he wants everything and thinks that if he asks for it he will just get it because that's how his friends are but by doing a chore chart/reward chart it shows a child responsibility and shows them they must work hard for whatthey have and nothing will just get handed to them because as they grow up and become adults you don't want them going into the real world and thinking they can get everything they want by just asking. As this asll being said the chore chart/reward chart is a great idea and I'm starting it up again :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      TeachableMoments, The allowance chart worked out really well when my sons were younger. If you do decide to go with the chart please come back and let me know if works for you and your daughter.

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      7 years ago from California

      I just started thinking about giving my daughter an allowance for doing small jobs around the house. I am still debating. On the one hand I want my daughter to understand earning money requires hard work and sometimes you have to save money in order to buy things. Immediate gratification is not a reality. Then, on the other hand, I want her to feel motivated to work around the house because it feels good working as a family and taking care of each other. Your hub has motivated me to revisit the whole allowance idea and possibly move towards a chore chart like yours. I really like the idea. Thanks for a great hub.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      emilybee, It did work really well. Now they all have full time jobs :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      MelChi, Thank you.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH, I learned by saving my 25 cents a week allowance this way and I chose to teach my children the same way. It worked well. Thanks.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      jpcmc, Many of my sons friends while growing up got everything they wanted just by saying I want this, or I need that. These children never had to lift a finger or do anything at home and had everything they wanted handed to them. I chose to do the allowance chart so my children would learn that they needed to work to obtain the things they wanted.

      How's that precious little girl of yours doing?

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      DzyMsLizzy, I felt that by giving them the chance to make that extra money at home I was teaching them that they had to work for something that they wanted. I feel it was a good life lesson on how to earn and how to save. Once they were older they all got part-time jobs. When it came to helping their Grandparents and other family members they never expected to be paid.

      Thanks for reading and for your comments.

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      8 years ago

      As a kid I never got allowance, my classmates did. My brother and I learned to do our chores on our own but later on I think I got a few bucks here and there for continuing to do my chores. Nice chart ! Great way to get kids to work for their money.

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      8 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      This is a great idea and one that I feel very strongly about! Voted up.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yes I do think kids should know that every thing they want doesn't come without a cost. Kids need to learn how to save early....and how that grows. I disagree with any expert that says it's a bad idea! This is how kids learn coping skills - sometimes we need to let them cope with reality.

      Excellent hub!

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      JP Carlos 

      8 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      The chore list is a good way for children to know hgow they can help out at home. When I was growing up the chores were simply do it whether you like it or else. This can motivate children to participate. But I do hope that the motivation goes beyond the cash reward.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      barbergirl, I'll add that to the pole. All the chores I had mine do were ones that they could make money doing. They never got paid for cleaning their rooms or picking up their own toys. I got an allowance when I was growing up and boy did I ever have to work for it.

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      Liz Elias 

      8 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I was given a small allowance as a child. It was not always tied to chores. Sometimes, I could "earn" extra by volunteering to do something outside my normal responsibilities, such as washing the car. However, that option was denied if my regular chores had not been completed.

      That said, I'm not even sure kids should get an allowance at all. Up to a certain age, when they may begin earning their own money by babysitting, car washing, or in high school, getting a work permit, I think the parents need to provide what the child needs AND teach them what the family budget is, and not cater to their every fashion or gadget whim just because of peer pressure.

      What we are seeing is a generation of spoiled brats who have not been taught that "family comes first," and if your parents or grandparents or aunt or uncle needs help, you give it gladly without expecting to be paid.

      Today's kids are all about looking for "what's in it for me?" instead of learing to be magnanimous and to put family above all else. My husband and I are on a fixed income, and not in the best of shape anymore, and it is like pulling hen's teeth to try to get any help from the grandkids without them expecting to be paid for it! That is BS!

      So, while I wanted (and sometimes got) an allowance as a child, from this point in my life, I am against it. It sort of sets up a "welfare" mentality, and/or, as I've said, and expectation of being paid to help the family. Just wrong either way.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Brian, Used to have them organised or so I thought :) Thanks.

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      Stacy Harris 

      8 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Damn - I couldnt' vote in the pole... I believe that kids should be required to do chores without allowance.... that being said - if they go ab0ve and beyond expected duties I have no issues giving out a few bucks. The reason is... if we as adults have to work to be able to put a house together... I don't believe children should be paid to pick up their toys and clean their room and certain other things. Then again... some parents pay allowance when the kid does nothing.

      Great hub - I love the chore chart - which I could use for extra duties. However, I must admit - I dont' believe in allowance because I never got allowance. My husband on the other hand believes in allowance because he got allowance as a kid!

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      Brian Slater 

      8 years ago from England

      You certainly have your kids organised, I don't think it does kids any harm to realise that you have to work to earn money in this life. Wish I'd thought about this at the time. Voted up ;)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Etherealenigma, I know what 16 year olds are like and hope that this works for you.

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      Sandra M Urquhart 

      8 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Great idea! I'm hoping it will work on my 16 year old, who is difficult to motivate on keeping the house clean. Thanks.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Treasuresofheaven thank you for your comments. Earning money for doing chores worked quite well for me when I was growing up and it did teach me how to work for something that I wanted. It taught me that the harder I worked the more money I could generate. It also taught me to save. So because this worked so well for me I did the same thing for my 3 boys. I find it works far better than dolling out cash every time they want something.

      barry thanks for reading.

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      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Voted Up Interested to know how well this works...

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      Sima Ballinger 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Just Ask Susan, this is better than having a maid, because the money stays in the Allowance for chores is a contraversial topic, but I think you gave some good pointers. Well taken! I appreciate your outspokenness on this subject.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Christy

      I found it a very useful tool when my boys were young. Once they got their own jobs the allowance chart was still done, just not as much.

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      Christy Zutautas 

      9 years ago

      Excellent hub. I'm always trying to figure out how to do a chore chart, I'm glad you included the sample chart.


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