This is a great thread. I was opposed to allowance because I never got one and neither did my husband. We were just expected to help out with the housework growing up. But my kids keep begging me to buy them all these crappy toys all the time, so instead of all the whining and pouting (because the answer is usually no), they're getting house work. Right now they clear their dishes from the table and put them in or by the sink, put away their clean laundry, help me bring in groceries from the car (if they're around), bringing the trash can back from the curb, pick up their room. I was thinking of paying them each $1/day. If they don't do the work, they won't get paid. Now they can save up to buy all the junk their darling little hearts desire.