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'What's a euro crisis?' German kids get raise

The Local · 7 Aug 2012, 16:41

Published: 07 Aug 2012 16:41 GMT+02:00

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Parents with children aged between six and 13 now give their offspring, on average, €27.18 per month to spend at will, a children's consumer survey uncovered.

The results were published in daily paper Bild on Tuesday, revealing that not only had pocket money averages climbed considerably since 2011 – but the little extras children cash in on, such as on birthdays or holidays, had also risen.

Youngsters between nine and 13 were getting 6.6 percent more a year in birthday and holiday money, bringing the average amount up to €220, the comic and young people's publishing house Egmont Ehapa found.

The figures differed between age groups. Generally younger children got less money and nearly 60 percent of parents even said they gave their four and five-year-olds monthly spends – the average amount being €14.26.

Ten to 13-year-olds cashed in the big bucks, getting an average of around €34 a month, while six- to nine-year-olds pocketed around €18.78, according to the survey.

What children tended to spend their money was not unusual – the main purchase for the nine to 13 age bracket were sweets, which took up 63 percent of the monthly budget.

Nearly 45 percent said they bought comics or magazines, 36 percent said they bought (hopefully non-alcoholic) drinks and 35 percent splashed out on ice-cream.

Some were a little wiser with their cash – 27 percent said they would choose more long-lasting items to buy, like toys and games. A further 19 percent put their pocket money towards buying collectable stickers and 15 percent chose to spend money on the cinema.

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And as a generation born technologically savvy, 13 percent said that they put their pocket money towards their mobile phone bill.

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Your comments about this article

17:28 August 7, 2012 by smart2012
Today germany published manufacturing orders being 7.8% below last year. And Bild cones with silly propaganda. LOL
18:39 August 7, 2012 by IchBinKönig
Kid, we sold you out. Your mom and your dad traded off your democracy, freedoms and sovereignty a long time ago. its because we needed, nay, wanted a lot of 'free' stuff. I mean, we weren't about to pay for it ourselves! Ha. That's not how socialism works.

I mean what is Freedom, Sovereignty and Democracy if you don't have 'free' Healthcare, 'free' education, and a subsidized everything? And how is your wonderful Government going to make special deals if they don't have market distorting, interfering, social-agenda pushing, big-government Powers?
06:57 August 8, 2012 by mike_1983
i think the parents in "schwabenland" did NOT get this memo.... still the worlds most stingy people! :)
14:03 August 8, 2012 by auslanderus
Why do kids get monies when they do nothing to earn it? Do they do chores at home, wash dish's, do laundry, clean house or shovel snow in winter? I think not because I have yet to see a kid out there shoveling snow, mowing lawn or anything that requires work. If I don't work I don't get any monies so way do kids get monies? Please someone tell me if this is a law that kids get monies?
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