Did you have a part-time Saturday job? Do you remember your first wage packet? How much of it were you allowed to keep?
Whether you worked part-time at Woolworth’s or as an apprentice for five days a week, no feeling could compare to being handed a brown envelope each Friday evening. But how much of it – if any – were you allowed to keep?
Generally, paying your mother for housekeeping was an agreed condition. The rest of the money would have been splashed on clothes, records, beer, petrol and (quite a few) nights out.
The Spring Chicken Facebook community have been sharing their memories of their first wage packet:
‘In 1964 I gave my mum £1 for keep and kept £2/12/6d for clothes and bus fare. I also saved 5 shilling a week in the bank. You would walk in on a Saturday morning and it would be packed with young people paying their savings in or drawing money out.’
‘My first pay was £4.10s. I gave half to my mum. At the time, fags were 1 shilling for 20, beer was 27p a pint and a gallon of fuel was 3 shillings and sixpence.’
‘I got to keep all of my £1.50 as an apprentice hairdresser. From that I paid my train fare to work (weekly ticket was 65p), my lunches and clothes!’
For a few Spring Chicken members, paying board was definitely worthwhile…
‘I got £14.50 and gave my mum £5.00 a week for keep. What I didn’t know was that she had opened a bank account and saved it every week, then she gave it to me when I bought my first house!’
Some feel that getting paid straight into the bank account doesn’t quite hold the same sentiment. What do you think?