I have no idea what is reasonable for a child to spend per week. Can anyone help me out and tell me how much you are planning to give your child. None of my kids are planning to be on a meal plan. Last year my youngest was a freshman and I'm pretty sure we paid $6000 for the mandatory meal plan. I know this year they have to pay for toilet paper, cleaning stuff, paper towels, dishwasher tablets etc as well so I was thinking of giving them both a starter amount to buy all of the stuff mentioned above plus stuff such as spices and condiments. After that a weekly amount. They both get $220 per month right now for doing nothing really. They say it seems reasonably in line of what many other kids have. They have become really stingy and I swear they make a schampoo bottle last from August to Thanksgiving when they can get home a reload for free. They have both been working during the summers and have som money themselves. The have both started Roth IRAs as soon as they could. Good kids with good grades.