Eating out is fun and social, but can get expensive if enjoyed on a regular basis. I like to keep my eye out for inexpensive but tasty options and then share the find with others, especially those who may need to budget carefully (such as students and au pairs).
I don’t remember at what age I started to get an allowance. I don’t remember at what dollar amount it started or incrementally how it grew. By the time I was old enough to remember getting it, it was $20 per week (or maybe every other week) and I’m fairly certain I blew it on things like nail polish, Barbie clothes and lip gloss. When I got a little bit older, before I had a part time job, I used it for McDonalds with friends, movie tickets and the occasional clothing item that my mother declined to purchase. If she liked it, she’d buy it. If I liked it, but she didn’t, I had to buy it.