When my boys were young I told them over and over to check their pockets before putting their clothes in the hamper because what I found in the machine or pockets would be mine to keep. My husband knew of this law of mine too.
There were times a quarter or a dollar was lost to them and at times there were tears but I never relented. I also found a lot of things I’d rather not have found as well. There were markers and pens and baseball cards and rocks. I let them earn some of the personal things back but not the money. I earned little enough doing the laundry to begin with so to me, it was my “thanks mom for doing my laundry” kind of thing.
There is only one time in my memory that I ever returned money and that was once Jason had just cashed his paycheck. It was $80 so I did give that back but he was plenty worried. I found the money and went and asked him if he’d checked his pockets. The pure look of horror on his face was wonderful and I’ve never forgotten it. He was really worried though. But I couldn’t keep his paycheck. That just wouldn’t be right.
What did your mom do? What did/do you do? Do you keep what you find or do you check pockets at all? Had I not checked, I would have had to many ruined clothes so I just got in the habit. The most exciting thing I ever find now are golf tee’s.