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Allowance 2

Apr 12, 2014Canadian, Life&Food, Money

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How old were you the first time you paid for something expensive by yourself?


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José Cruz: I remember one other thing about allowance because it was mentioned in the article that you pay money or you should pay money for things that are not household or routine chores. (mm-hmm) We were planning a trip to Disneyland and um, my parents knew that if we go to Disneyland, then we’ll have to buy José T-shirts and we’ll have to buy José whatever toys and figures from whatever shops.

Alex Bodnar: Disneyland California or Florida?

José: This is the one in California. 

Alex: Yeah? Okay.

José: We we were going to drive all the way from Vancouver in Canada down to Anaheim.

Alex: That would be cheaper than flying right?

José: We were going to meet people in San Francisco and wanted to see the Oregon coast. By the way, just as a quick aside, Oregon coast is a beautiful drive. Anyway, so my parents decided okay well we don’t want to just give him money, but we don’t want him to be buggingHere, ‘bugging’ means to bother or pester. us all the time for oh, “buy me this, buy me that.” So they said, so my mother comes out to me and says, okay, she made it very clear. She said okay before we leave for Disneyland you need some money. (mm-hmm yeah) So I’m going to give you $50 for painting the fence. (mm-hmm) And I said, “Oh! Hey, deal‘Deal’ is short for, ‘we have a deal’ or, I agree to this/that.!” I was really happy about it. (mm-hmm) I thought it was a great opportunity. I didn’t look at it at all as if I was getting ripped-off or anything. I think what the article was saying about that I completely agree with because I looked at it and I thought that’s a really cool idea. I never thought of it that way before. It did teach me about the fact that I work, I get. It was a nice simple equation.

Alex: By by the way did you do a good job of painting the fence?

José: Oh, it was probably a crap job. What do you expect with like an 11-year-old kid trying to paint the fence? (mm-hmm) I remember sometimes I’d, at the bottom of the fence where it was meeting the lawn, I was actually painting as much grass as I was fence. But it was okay. It all, you know, I had to mow the lawn too, so I was the only one that noticed.


Have you ever been to Disneyland or any other theme park? Which one?

Who paid the entrance fee? Did you buy anything else? How much did everything cost?

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Vancouver, British Columbia

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Harriston, Ontario


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  1. I went to Tokyo Disney sea in this summer vacation. All that cost was paid by my own money I worked, I got. I worked much harder than usual for traveling. It is good that parents teach their children about money.

  2. I have been to Disneyland with my family. When I went there, my mother paid the entrance fee. I also bought a lot of things. For example, l bought Minnie Mouse headgear, many gifts for my friends and a lot of cute food. It cost me about 10000 yen.

  3. When I went on trip with my family, my parents paid all money. However I graduated from high school and earn money from my part time job, I pay for as much as I can. I want to give back to my parents after graduating from university.


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