Mum creates clever chore board with some zip-lock bags and a cork board.

The 44-year-old mother of four, Sarah Girvan, created a ‘chore board’ that she places almost $10 worth of coins in bags labelled with jobs like ‘clean the lounge area’ and ‘feed the animals’.

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Her daughter, Mackenzie, 10, can chose how often, when and which tasks she chooses to do each week, but ultimately she’ll end up doing a group of ‘free’ chores as well – just like Mrs Girvan’s other three children.

‘We choose tasks that are age appropriate. Sometimes it’s as simple as feeding the dog – which she might get 50 cents for – or if she vacuums the lounge it will be $1,’ she told FEMAIL.

‘My husband and I were just tired of going to the supermarket or shops and for her to be asking for things all the time. This way she can learn the value of money and also buy small things that she’s been eyeing.’

‘Right now she’s really interested in making slime – which involves borax, shaving foam and glue. Those ingredients aren’t necessarily cheap so this is a good way for her to fund it,’ Mrs Girvan said.

But not everyone is so convinced about the ‘chore board’, suggesting the invention pays Mackenzie too much and she should be doing a lot of those tasks regardless of money.

‘It works for us and that’s all that matters to me,’ Mrs Girvan explained in reply.

What little tricks do you use to get the kids helping more?

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  • I found nothing worked long term for my kids. I ended up stopping asking them to do chores and I also stopped tge pocket money

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  • This is an excellent idea. I have struggled finding ways to get the kids to do chores but I know this one will solve the problem. If they can actually see the money – they will want it :)

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  • I love how this chore board is a great visual for the kids. We recently started a chore chart but it does not have the same visual stimulation as they have to see a whole week through before seeing the rewards! I will be changing to this idea!

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  • This is a good idea, but I also like the idea of teaching children that they are part of a family unit as should pitch in and do their share for the family’s sake.

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  • Clever and a fun incentive too – I would work for this pocket money!

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  • A clever mum,well done!

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  • This is a great idea!!

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  • Fantastic idea I am going to commence this for my grandkids.

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  • Clever trick ! But what if the kids do a bad job or emptying the money bags without doing a thing ?

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  • Great idea – teaches the value of money and the start of a work ethic. It’s easy to adapt and put the amount you can afford if $10 is too much for you ????

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  • Great idea! We give pocket money each week but often don’t have the change on us which means the kids get frustrated as they’ve done their chores and have to wait for the pocket money. Having it there and ready to go is a good visual for the kids also.


    • The visual is great because it is real and tangible.

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  • It obviously works well for the family and it is teaching the children good monetary lessons – well done!

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  • This is simply a brilliant idea I want to try it with my kids as I have to always bribe them to do chores around the house

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  • I think if it works for them that’s great.
    There’s no harm in educating children in the value of money and that they need to contribute effort to get things they want.

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