We don't give allowances. We tried it, but then my kids would ask how much they'd get paid to do anything. We've told them the truth, their allowance is all the sports or activities they get to play/be involved in. If they go above and beyond and do extra chores, we'll give them something. All four of my kids take turns mowing neighbors' lawns and they get paid for that.
We also have the "need vs. want" in our house. If you need jeans because you've outgrown or wore them out, we buy them. If you want another pair just because you like them and you already have 10 pairs in your closet, then you buy them.
Some think we are being too tough, but it works for us!
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