Posted August 9, 2014 - 7:12am
Before we even started school my brother and I received an allowance--$.15 week! In those days there was penny candy and a roll of Life Savers was only a nickel. Our allowance was given to us in the form of three nickels. One nickel went right into our banks, one nickel went to my mother or father for room and board, and the third nickel was to spend. My brother bought something to eat and I put my spending nickel in a little purse in a dresser drawer. On Saturdays we went to the movies paying for the entertainment with money we got by returning soda bottles--2 cents for the little green Coke bottles and 5 cents for the family size--that we picked up on the street, in the alley, or from a playground. If we had a good week, we bought a box of candy before we went to the theatre because it cost a nickel in the store on the corner and 6 cents, if we waited until we got inside the theatre. We learned early on that if we wanted something, we had to earn it and then save it.