In Mid August I posted that DD had saved up $3000 from her job between her savings and checking account. Well, as of yesterday she has $4800! After her next paycheck she will be over $5000. That is so awesome. She buys herself things....she bought most of her school clothes and some shoes/boots, though she didn't go crazy, maybe $200. She bought herself a nice $150 North Face jacket and just recently a nice rain jacket that was half off, so cost her $45. Apparently the brighter green colored one I bought her last spring (she picked it out) is just too bright so she hardly wears it. So, I'll wear it and switch on and off with my black rain jacket. She buys her own gas and pays for $20 a month of her $33 a month cell phone plan. She buys herself jewelry (she just found a really cute necklace at Kohl's that was regularly $100 on sale for $40 plus we had a 30% off coupon, the pantyhose she needs for work, and occasional stops at Starbucks.
She changed her work schedule from weekends to weekday mornings, so while the tips aren't as good weekday mornings, she does get 2-3 more days in per week on her paycheck. She has also gotten to be a server 2 times in the past week and a half. Once during a weekday morning and she made $70 in tips and she got to work yesterday to fill in for a server and made $120 in tips (and that was after tipping out the hostesses and busboys). She also gets to serve again Monday night (they keep changing her schedule around, which she isn't too thrilled about), but it's very slow on weeknights, so she probably won't make much at all. As soon as she got home yesterday we headed for the bank, as it was still open. She had a paycheck of $400 for half the month and $295 in tips to deposit. Crazy! I'm not sure if this is the case everywhere but in our state restaurant workers make full minimum wage plus tips, so they aren't making like $2-3/hr plus tips. So, between her regular hourly wage and tips she made almost $31/hr yesterday. Needless to say she is loving it and she really likes where she works, so that is great. It kind of sounds like she will probably get moved into a server position soon. Usually they won't do it until you are 18, but apparently they have been impressed with her and she'll be 18 soon, anyway.
She should have quite a bit saved by the time she goes off to college next September.