Neither DH nor I got allowances growing up. We lived in homes where our parents sheltered, fed, clothed & educated us. We both helped around the house, but DH had to do much more than I did. I did get extra things, but I didn't "earn" them, I guess, by doing extra work.
DD is seven & has never had an allowance. She doesn't get extras (movies, toys, etc.) anymore either, because she doesn't keep her room clean. She is given incentive to do well in school, but has to earn her "prize" at set intervals. She wants a pet fish, but I told her until she could show responsibility for keeping her room clean & taking care of her own body (complete shower, hair wash, comb, tooth brushing on her own, then there would be no pet fish.
I do almost all of the work at home on my own & I don't get extra money handed to me. Life isn't fair & people need to learn that early so that they don't feel entitled to everything.
When DD is a licensed driver, we will try to purchase a car for her & put it in her name. She'll need insurance & she'll want gas money, so she'll have to get a job.