This week’s prompt for Throwback Thursday is: Your Relationship With Money
1) At what age do you remember handling your own money? I remember when I was about eight years old, and being given one pound for my pocket money (1980’s) I was able to spend it on what I wanted. On a Sunday I would buy a comic, sweets, and marbles. In the week I would buy marbles and sweets. I was never very good at marbles and continually losing them.
2) Did you have a piggy bank to add coins to? I have a big jar where I used to put my spare change. When I was younger I would save them up to play poker with my family. Pennies, half pennies and two pence coins. We played for fun mostly, but we haven’t played for a few years. Mum, Dad, Uncles, Aunties, no longer here, but one day I hope we will play again.
3) Did you get an allowance and/or get paid for doing chores? I didn’t get money for nothing and the pound I was given was paid for jobs like washing up, hoovering, taking the bins out.
4) How did you earn money for things you wanted? See the question above.
5) Did you have jobs outside your house to earn money? What did you do? My first job was working as a typist. I wasn’t very good at typing, and made far too many mistakes. I had this idea about what working in an office was like, but I found it boring and repetitive.
6) Were you more of a spender or a saver as a kid? I was more of a spender.
7) Were you aware of the financial situation your parents were raising you in? My mum and dad didn’t earn much. The food put on the table was basic, but we didn’t go hungry. I never felt like I went without, but understood my parents budgeted and sometimes went without so I could eat. They saved money for holidays, and Christmas was paid for by paying so much a week into a Christmas hamper. Presents were brought from catalogues, but I was grateful for everything I was given.
8) Did you understand the difference between needs and wants when it came to asking your parents for things? I never had the more expensive trainers or clothes. I knew not to ask for something they couldn’t afford. I asked for a record player, tape and radio in one once. They wanted to make my childhood memorable.
9) Did you ever “save up” for a special item that you wanted? What was it? When I first started work I wanted to buy my parents an anniversary gift. It was a wooden, ornate clock and cost me nearly a weeks wages, but I wanted to show them how much I loved them.
10) Did you have a savings account as a child? I don’t remember having a savings account.
11) Was there anything you routinely spent your own money on when growing up? Comics, marbles, sweets and when I got a little older clothes. My favourite comic was called Misty – It had a supernatural storyline. The other comic I liked was Whoopie. My favourite sweets were American Hard gums.