not going to lie. Im 23 and dont pay rent to my dad (yes Im still living with my dad but truth be told I didnt want to leave because him and my mum broke up a couple years ago and he didnt take it well, and now he has a couple of medical problems Im trying to help him as much as possible)
anyway im in the unfortunate position of not having a paid job at the moment (only voluntary work currently). But before anyone judges me, Im not a scrounger who sponges money from my parents. Ive always paid for my own stuff since leaving school. clothes, consoles, games, bikes
and even on £50 a week I treated my family to meals out. So even though I'm not paying rent, I like to give them something. they're stubborn buggers who wont take money from me (even though Ive borrowed money from them in desperate times like a £300 motorbike repair bill-paid back in full dont worry) so I buy the shopping as much as possible, put fuel in the car, things like that. (actually thinking about it, paying rent would probably work out cheaper
I see some teenagers driving around in flash cars that their parents have bought them and insured for them. that I dont like, I wanted transport, I bought my own moped for £450 and paid for my CBT. thats all I could afford but it was tansport. Im not judging anyone for it, if they want to do that Ive got nothing against them, I just feel that kids shouldnt be spoilt too much. by all means buy their first car but make it a £1000 cheap runabout instead of a £5000 sporty little thing.
back from rambling land
its up to you about charging rent or not, but letting them pay their own way is a good start. it will show them what its like to need to buy their own stuff. my parents could have been a lot more harsh there's no doubt about that, but having to buy my own transport etc has given me a bloody good sense of budgeting.
My son bought his own first car recently for £1000, with my mechanic brother, full service history, bills from all work done, seamed a good buy, it got him home and never ran again, got towed to a garage who spent 6 weeks messing about with it first changing the ignition coil when that didn't work they looked again, spent many hours trying to fine the problem as there computer would not speak to the Matiz computer, in the end it would cost £700 to fix so he scrapped it, they didn't charge him for any labour or for changing the ignition coil and gave him the £100 the scrap men gave him, so he made a great loss as he had paid several hundred pounds on insurance for a car he only really drove once
He's vowed he'll never buy second hand again and is now saving for the deposit on a new one, he won't get to use it much though, he's off around the mediteranien, middle east and North Africa over the next four months then he'll be deployed somewhere else, then somewhere else, I don't see the need for a car
But I'm afraid I was less honourable than you I just refused as a kid, and while at first I didn't work when I did I wasn't paying I was only on a pittance, So I was a bit of a shit, I paid when I got my own place and have been paying since though, never late and never in arrears.
You can't buy happiness but you can buy a bike and that's pretty close
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1995 Marin Bear Valley SE
1988 Specialized Rockhopper Comp