If you keep getting inundated with requests from your child to purchase apps, music, films or books, then you may be interested in setting up an iTunes Allowance for your child. This way, they can not only learn the value of a dollar but allow for some independence and more importantly stop bugging you to buy, buy, buy! The process is quick and easy to do and I find it easier to manage their allowance as I don’t have to worry about having exact change on me when it comes time to pay up.
iTunes Allowance deposits a pre-determined amount of money each month into your child’s iTunes account. This saves my credit card from being charged each time the kids want to download paid apps or make in-app purchases (assuming they know your Apple password, which mine don’t but keep in mind the 15 minute window where you don’t need to enter your password again).
Without further ado, follow these steps to set up an Allowance account:
Step 1: From the iTunes main menu, go to “Buy iTunes Gifts” under Quick Links (top right of the main menu).
Step 2: Scroll down and look for “Allowances”.
Step 3: Complete the information including your child’s name and set the monthly allowance ($10, $20, $30, $40, $50). If your child does not have their own Apple ID, you will need to set one up for them (keep in mind you must be 13 years of age or over to have one).
You will be billed to your credit card each month. Allowances can be suspended (great if the kids don’t live up to their end of the bargain), removed or changed and any unused amounts will be carried over from month to month.
If you’re worried that you’ll be giving your child too much freedom with their purchases, fear not. Just head over to their device and set restrictions which will allow you to control the games, movies and music ratings to which they have access to. You can read more about “How to Set Restrictions” here.