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5 non-monetary chore rewards {kids}

Lately I have been quite obsessed with the topic of kids and money.  Teaching kids to properly earn and handle money is a life skill that they will use until they die (unlike a majority of things they learn in school).  Set them up for success and it will be one of the greatest gifts you can give them.

But that’s another post.  Today we are talking chore rewards, which certainly could be cash, but I think there are so many other great options.  Money may make the world go ’round, but it isn’t everything.  Find other ways to give your kids cash, let them do tasks for you out in the real world (helping to run errands is an easy one) — get creative!  This makes way for non-monetary chore rewards that shows kids the importance of other things like family time, exploring the outdoors and giving to charity.

5 non-monetary chore rewards in_the_know_mom #Frosty4Adoption

Top 5 Non-monetary Chore Rewards

  1. The Adventure Reward:  this is my favorite reward and can be anything from a trip to the zoo, a hike through the mountains, a session in a yoga studio or a race up a climbing wall.  Reward your children with exciting, athletic activities to teach them exercise is fun!
  2. The Toy Box: whenever I am out at the store, I browse the toy aisles for sales on toys I know my daughter wants.  I keep the price down around $5, but with good sales, you can really get some great toys for the toy box!  Have you child reach in and pull out a surprise!
  3. The Privilege Reward: this will vary with your kids and the rules you have in your house, but ideas are 30 extra minutes of TV time or iPad time or Xbox play.  Another great one is to stay up 30 minutes late on the weekend.  I’ve even let my daughter pick out a whole week of dinner meals! You can easily tailor this reward to your family.
  4. The One-on-One Reward: my daughter’s #1 complaint is that she doesn’t get enough alone time with me and her dad.  She treasures daddy dates and mommy dates, so this is one she often chooses.  Usually the dates consist of a meal and an event, so brunch and a movie or dinner and a walk around town.  Make sure you have time to talk, the most important part of the date!  With jobs and other kids in the house, kids can feel like their voice isn’t being heard — here is their time to vent if they need it.
  5. Sweet Treats: we don’t keep a lot of sweets in the house… really none on a regular basis.  This makes trips out for ice cream super special.  My favorite since I was a kid?  Wendy’s Jr. Frosty!!  Right now you can buy the Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Book for $1, while supplies last (available through October 31, 2014,).

Talk about the gift that keeps giving! Not only will you have a sweet coupon book containing 5 or 10 coupons for Jr. Frosty, but 99 cents of the $1 you pay goes to The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption!!!  Here is a great way to encourage kids to get involved with charity.


There are more than 100,000 children in foster care awaiting adoption, a staggering number that truly saddens me.  Every child deserves to have the love and safety of parents, and a home that will always be there for them.  Thanks to Wendy’s consumers and The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 4,000+ children have found adoptive families.  The goal for this year is Wendy’s aims to give $10 million to The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

I bet that patio gets swept a lot quicker and the house gets vacuumed a bit more thoroughly when you introduce Wendy’s Jr. Frosty rewards into the mix!

What?!?  I never said they will be excited for chores…  the irony of her shirt is kinda killing me right now! = )

5 non-monetary chore rewards ideas in_the_know_mom #Frosty4Adoption

Visit your local Wendy’s® to purchase a Jr. Frosty™ Halloween Coupon Book* for $1, which benefits the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption)®!

*Coupon book may contain coupons for 5 or 10 free Jr. Frosty™ treats. Prices and participation may vary. Ninety cents to every $1 coupon booklet sold between 9/15/14 and 10/31/14 will benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®. Coupons valid from 11/1/14 through 2/1/15. ©2014 Oldemark LLC

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  1. October 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm — Reply

    I literally just treated my boy to a JR Frosty from Wendy’s for doing so well on his homework and chores! He loved it! We also do a lot of “activity” rewards like playing on DS or Wii for getting all the chores done quickly without complaining.

  2. Michelle
    October 6, 2014 at 1:49 pm — Reply

    I’ll sweep your floors for a Jr. Frosty!

  3. October 6, 2014 at 3:44 pm — Reply

    Those are great ideas. I think my kids would probably pick a special activity as their reward.

  4. Danielle K
    October 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm — Reply

    Great ideas. My son is just starting to do chores and I definitely think he’d like a Frosty for it :)

  5. October 6, 2014 at 9:08 pm — Reply

    Great ideas, the coupon book is such a good deal and a great cause!

  6. October 7, 2014 at 3:53 am — Reply

    Wonderful ideas – it’s never all about money and rewards like the “The One-on-One Reward” is something money can’t buy.

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