My kids are forever wanting to buy things. In order to buy things, they need money. We don't do an allowance, and birthdays are only once a year. They've been desperate to earn money. My son came to me the other day, asking me to pull his tooth. The way he was talking, it was so loose it would soon be falling out of his mouth. I'm still not sure it's really loose at all. But he was hoping to put it under his pillow to get more money towards whatever the snake hook he's really, really wanting (his favorite show on Netflix is The Jeff Corwin Experience).
I told my hubby that before the kids start getting some crazy ideas of how to knock teeth out, we need a way for them to earn money. And maybe we can get some stuff done around the house at the same time. Win-win!!
We came up with a list of chores that need to be done around the house--most on a weekly basis. We then came up with money amounts that job is worth (turns out we're pretty cheap).
I cut 3x5 cards in half and wrote the chores out (along with instructions and needed materials) on them. I slid them into those baseball card protector sheets and put them in the family control journal that's on the counter--the same binder that holds the family schedules.
Any time the kids want to earn some extra
cash loose change, they can go to that and pick whichever one(s) they want to do. It has to be done on their own time and to my satisfaction. And all of them (other than sweeping the floor and brushing the dog) can only be done once a week--that way I don't have one of them scrubbing the back door one night and another one picking the same chore first thing the next morning. Since they're in the card protectors, they can mark them off with a dry-erase marker. The marks can be erased at the beginning of each week.
Some examples are: Cleaning the front door will earn you 20 cents (I make our glass-cleaner, etc. No yucky chemicals I have to worry about). Putting away toys from behind and under the couch and using the hand-vac under the couch cushions will get you a quarter. Picking up dog potties from the yard gets you a dollar (not really a bad deal if it's really done weekly--he only goes once a day). When it's all added up, it totals just over $4 a week. Not too shabby for us to get some of these odd jobs done that we never seem to get around to. After all, how often do you wipe your window sills? And they're excited to have a less painful way to earn money. After all, you only have so many baby teeth...