As you know I have three boys.
Each boy gets an allowance.
3 x 1 = 3
I want each boy to learn how to:
- give to charity
- spend responsibly
3 x 3 = 9
A year or two ago I was really excited to find a jar for allowances which separated money into three different parts.
I bought three.
3 x 1 = 3
That worked for us for awhile until I noticed that the jars were filling up with IOUs…from me.
And sometimes they weren’t actual paper IOUs, but ones that remained in my head because I hadn’t gotten around to doling out the weekly allowances.
3 x 7 + 2 or was it 3? – 6 or was it 2? x 17 or did I miss a week? = I don’t know!
Suddenly I was doing advanced allowance math in my head!
My basic problem was three-fold:
- I get cash from the ATM in $20 bill increments.
- I easily forget to do something weekly.
- The boys would ask how much money they had when we were at the store.
This system is not working for me!
But then I found a solution. One that changed drastically the way we handle allowance and chore money in my house!