A Simple Chore Payment System For Children


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Last week I shared how I assign chores to our children. This week I would like to introduce you to our simple chore pay system.

A Simple Chore Payment System

I bought 3 sugar pots bought at Walmart. I then took a sharpie and wrote each child’s name on the outside.

Our Chore Payslips

What you see inside those jars, are what we call payslips. Each day on the side of the clipboard I use to assign jobs I also assign a payment they will receive when the jobs are done.

How much each child receives depends on how many chores they did that day and how long and hard those jobs were.

The pay slips vary in size from twenty five cents up to five dollars, so that they can add up the slips to equal the amount of pay they received that day.

I replace the pay slips with real money as the children need it. Each child is encouraged to set a savings goal. For instance right now my boys are saving up for a Playstation 3.

While they are saving, they count their payslips till they have what they need, and then bring them to me to cash them in.

I also have a 4th jar stored close to their money jars where I throw my quarters and the cash I earn selling off our clutter, that they can use for immediate purchases. For instance, my oldest is in youth group so he likes to bring money each week for the snack store.

It is not a polished system, but it suits us just fine. As the children age, it has evolved with them, and it will continue snail pacing forward till they all leave my nest.

Post Update (2 years later)

Each child now has a printed and laminated list of daily chores and is paid for those chores a the end of every month. They now all have their own bank accounts so on pay day I sit down with each child and they tell me how much they want in cash and how much they want to deposit into their bank accounts for their saving goals (they also tithe off their money).

We still use the chore jars but just for irregular chores. For instance when my eldest son mows the lawn he puts a payslip into his jar. My middle son is currently painting my yard sale find furniture and when he finishes a piece he puts a slip in his jar. Often I will get out my clipboard like I use to and list a bunch of cleaning here and there that needs to be done above and beyond their daily chores and then pay them all a set price to do it, and we use the payslips for these chores too.

At the end of the month they total up the payslips and the amount they get for daily chores and tell me what I owe them (I double check the figures) :) .

This two step system is working well for us now that they are older and able to pitch in more than before with the household chores.

How about your family? Do you have a chore payment system you love?

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  1. I love it! My two are still young (4 1/2 and almost 3) to really get the concept of even real money, but I’m tucking this fun ‘pay slip’ idea away for a day that will come all too soon when they do get it :)

  2. It will be a while til I get to pay our little one for anything. Gotta get the little one out first! I do like how you have made this system work for you. I do like your ideas!


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