Teens in Fayetteville, a south suburb of Atlanta, are reading The People In The Park and talking allowances. Their reaction to Lauren’s father being arrested, his bank accounts being frozen, placing his daughter on a $100 a week spending budget, and taking away her credit cards is sparking lively conversation.
Most teens in Fayetteville do not receive an allowance. They got one when they were younger and just learning about money. As they grew into their pre-teen years there wasn’t a need for allowances because their needs varied from week to week.
By the time they reached their teens it was understood that their needs would be met.
Teens thought that Lauren was being unreasonable and complaining about having to get by on $100 a week. “Lauren needs to learn that family is more important than money,” says Christina.
Dani says she could spread $100 over 3 weeks if she had to cut back. She goes on to say, “It was great Lauren’s father got in trouble because Lauren needed to learn how to exhibit discipline in how she spends money.”
Leslie considers herself a really smart shopper. She actually makes her own clothes. Therefore Leslie says, “I wouldn’t spend $100 a week. I would keep it in my bank account because I wouldn’t know how long it would be before things returned to normal.” Leslie thinks if she had to cut back she could get by on $10 a week. “If someone needs $100 a week to get by, they are really using it on stuff they don’t need.”