Crazy Budgeting Mama
How we have handled the clothing budget with our girls (disclaimer: we didn't try this concept with our boys)
When they turned ten, they each began to receive a clothing allowance monthly. The amount equals $1 American, per year of age. Knowing that they receive generous gifts from grandparents, we felt this was adequate, while providing incentive for them to work. They are responsible for their own wardrobes. Of course, I took them shopping (and if you've been around here at all you probably know where) and I helped out with things like soccer shoes and the occasional I-just-feel-like-it gift.
This shift of power has made for some challenges, and also entertainment. Like watching the fitting room sales tactics of the guy who's just sure that if he can convince "little girl" that she has to have these pants, she'll whine enough that mom will buy them. Little did he know, he was selling the wrong person. You see, the pants would have cost her six months worth of clothing allowance, and she's too sensible for that. I, on the other hand, would have been susceptible (they would have been less than two months of clothing allowance for me), but he sold to me as kind of an afterthought. He doesn't work there anymore.
Parents these days are divided in their opinions about allowance; what we have done has actually trained our girls by giving them some responsibility. Would I do it again? Absolutely. Would it work with boys? I have no idea.