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How Much For How Much

Dave breaks down how he assigned a dollar amount to each chore the kids did in the commission system.

QUESTION: Beth has trouble assigning a dollar amount to chores in the commission system. Dave tells her how to break it down.

ANSWER: Divide the allowance by chores. If you are doing allowance and pay $10 for five chores, then make the commission system $2 a chore. The same money is on the table. Around our house, not everything was paid for. With the little kids, they got paid when they worked. When they got to be teenagers, they were able to balance their own checkbooks and know how to handle money.