I never paid board but I moved out at 17 to go to uni. While I lived at home and was at high school, I got a casual job when I was 14 and a half. I saved $50 a week from my pay and the rest was mine to spend on entertainment (usually $30 extra).
Mum and Dad paid my rent while I was at uni, while I used my savings to pay for my Uni textbooks and fees. By second year at uni I had a part time job which I used for entertainment, food etc. I didn't receive anything from Centrelink.
As for my DD, I probably won't charge her board while she's at high school and probably won't charge her while she's studying full time at uni (well, if she does go to uni).
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05-01-2012 09:29 #71
05-01-2012 09:34 #72
No, I didn't. And no, I don't think I will charge my kids board unless I have to. I would just make them pay for their own car, phone, that type of thing.
05-01-2012 10:26 #73Caramelo
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He has a full time well paying job also. Kinda frustrating as my mum never let up on me even in hard times, and i dont get babysitting.
And i forsee this becoming my other brothers situation also as hes a teen & is treated as thou his an infant. Haha
Anyway, if my kids had a job i suppose i would charge an amount (once yr12 has finished) i guess you would need to as you would no longer recieve a ftb income for them.
However i do like pp about saving that money & surprising them with it when they move out.
For me, my concern, i want my kids to stay home untill they finished uni, got a great dream job/well on tgeir way to the dream job.
And are finacially stable with savings!
I want them to know how hard life is to tge point their strong enough to deal with what life tgrows.
However i want it to be easy so tgey can successfully set tgemselves up & because tgey have tgeir whole lives to see the pains of life.
But tgeir still my littles babies, i hope they never leave me hehe
05-01-2012 10:56 #74
I did. From 15 or 16 I think from memory. I won't ask that of my kids...
Or maybe I will and then take that money and secretly save/invest it and surprise them when they're adults.
Hmmm, decisions, decisions. Either way, I wouldn't pocket it myself, let's put it that way. I hated it then and I still think it sucks But my mum has bled me of cash for a long time now so I should be used to it!
05-01-2012 11:01 #75Senior Member
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I will charge my kids board if they aren't studying. But they can live for free in my place and just pay for their own phone and petrol etc if at uni or tafe. Hopefully this will be incentive for them to be educated. yes I paid board once I got centrelink and I think that was fair but I was really broke and I think that's half the reason I chose work over study. The other half is lazyness!
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05-01-2012 11:14 #76
I started paying board when I started working part-time at 12 and 9 months (or was it 13 and 9 months you could start back then?) anyway...it started out at $50 a week and when I started working fulltime it went to $200 my parents covered food (normal family meals), utilities and internet I had to pay for everything else.
05-01-2012 11:27 #77-
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I did pay board from the time that I was 16 or so.
I paid $50 a week, plus food.
I was working and getting $150 a week, and then Youth Allowance, so mum kept my YA and I contributed more if it was reduced due to greater earnings.
I think it will depend on my own financial status if I will charge board or not, but I do think that teenagers need to have some idea of living costs so they can learn what it is like in the big bad world
05-01-2012 11:29 #78
My parents' approach was that as long as we were studying full time we didn't have to pay board and they would cover all of the necessities - food, text books, home phone/internet, car rego etc. Anything else - mobile phone, petrol, hair and beauty, clothes, holidays we had to cover ourselves.
Once we stopped studying we had to pay board (from memory it was about $250/month) which covered food, home phone etc.
05-01-2012 11:55 #79
no. my brother has to pay a bit, like, $40? which is nothing for what he earns (even when he was doing his apprenticeship) and doesn't even come close to paying for his food but mum thought it was important to do that. not sure what she did/does with the other three, or with my sister who's already out and living with her fiance. i do know that she encourages them to have a job.
but she never charged me any, and in any case i would never have been able to afford it. never got youth allowance, never occurred to me or my parents to get it, and dad's a partner in a law firm so they would never have approved it anyway.
i don't know if i would with my kids. i guess it would depend on their work/study situation.
05-01-2012 12:20 #80Senior Member
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My daughter has been working since she was 14 she didnt have to pay bord till she was 16 years old now she pays 100 dollars aweek for bord and 30 dollars a week for a computer we bought for her that she wanted and she agreed to pay it back .
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