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    Yes I did.

    My DD 17 turning 18 in a few days doesn't pay board as such but her youth allowance goes to me until she moves out (in one month). She works and has done for 3 years, that money is hers to do with what she will.

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    Like loving6 my youth allowance was my board.

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    I didn't pay board and lived at home until I was 20. One of those years was a gap year where I worked pretty much full-time.

    I did pay for any clothes, take away and other luxuries however never had to chip in for food, household bills etc.

    I wouldn't charge my kids rent providing they were studying or saving (for a house or overseas holiday for example). If they were working full time and blowing it all I might charge but I'd probably use it as forced savings for them until they needed it.

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    Not as a teen living at home while i was at school, but i did have to buy my own stuff (except food) after i got part time work. The agreement was when i finished school i had to start paying, but i left home before that came into effect lol. The only time i paid board was after DDs dad and i split and i had no choice but to move in with my grandfather. I paid $350 a fortnight and that covered electricity, phone, internet use (was studying at the time) and general food items. I had to buy any specific food and food for dd myself.

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    I didn't pay board, but I paid household bills.

    The phone and internet (dial up) were in my name from the time I was 16 (my decision in an effort to contribute to the household and learn financial responsibility) and those bills were my responsibility to pay, given that I was the main person using them (was just my Mum, me and my then toddler sister). I also later decided that I wanted to have pay TV, so I had Austar put on in my name and the bill was paid by me as well.

    So Mum still covered my food and electricity stuff, and any shared household things (like toothpaste), but those 3 bills, shampoo/conditioner, make up, clothes etc were all purchased by me.

    I'm not sure what we'll do with our children. I'd like to think that we will not charge them board, my DH didn't pay his Mum any money, the deal was that he had to save a certain % of his earnings and the rest was his, so I think this is more the way we would go

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    While I was in school and had a parttime job I didn't pay board. I made the decision to leave Highschool during year 11 and my partime job turned fulltime. I started paying $50pw. Then I got a better paying job and was paying $100pw. This included meals and amenities (internet, landline, elec) Anything else I paid for myself.
    My kids will be charged board, on of my friends parents charged her $100pw board once she got a parttime job. Little did she know they were actually putting the money away for her and when she decided to move out she was surprised with over 15k. So I have decided to steal this idea and do the same for my boys, it would be enough to help them get set up.

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    I moved out when quite young..16.

    I went back when my stepdad left my little sister at home alone for 2 weeks.

    so I paid no board.

    I will not charge my kids board while they are studying. I will offer to pay for them to have a years holiday AFTER they finish uni.

    Then when they start proper work, I may charge something..but really only for extras.

    I am not a big believer in board.

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    i started paying board when i got youth allowence, i only paid around $50 a fn becasue i was only get around $180 fn at that time, but i had to pay for my personal stuff, clothing and high school stuff ect

    i think it was pretty fair

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    Nope. I moved out of home after finishing school to go to uni and even then my mum paid my rent on my unit. I sublet the other room and that was my income as I wasn't entitled to any Centrelink. After uni I moved home for 18 months and worked and mum still didn't charge me board. She knew I was saving for an overseas trip, so she said she'd rather I did that than pay her money.
    She was VERY generous and I don't know that I'll be so generous to my own kids it didn't teach me much about budgeting as I generally had plenty of money!

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    My parents charged me $50 per week board once I finished school. However, I was sleeping at my boyfriend's house every night and basically going home to shower. When they told me my sister was moving into my room, I decided to put the money towards where I was actually sleeping and move in with my boyfriend.

    I may charge my kids board if they are living at home and working fulltime. I probably wouldn't if they were studying at uni - it's hard enough to get by as it is, especially with the price of beers at the uni bar .


 

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