The trouble with being young is that you have good eyesight and ears! Thus making it impossible to ignore the moaning from fellow workers about how their children who now have their own children seem to be of the current opinion that any saving their parents have been working hard to achieve are their RIGHT to access and dip into whenever they feel the need for (examples from this office in the last few months):
- A "gift" (because unlike a loan it'll never be fully paid off) for money to buy a brand new car as hers is "six years old and she's bored of it"
- A substanical deposit towards a new house
- A cash loan that might be paid back eventually towards entirely redecorating the house including a new kitchen because it looks dated and she saw this beautiful one at Ikea (the chap who told me this even told me his wife has put off retiring this year so that they could afford to pay for it!)
- Permission to live rent free in her old bedroom, with 24 hour babysitting / school run taxi driver avilable, hot food on demand, because she's decided she doesn't like her job so just walked out and can't understand why her parents can't afford to pay the rent of her flat for her for the next year while she decides where her future lays.
- Money for a new driveway and patio because the old one looked funny (definately not a loan because parents were told that they didn't have a mortgage so didn't need the money).
Perhaps its just that I am surrounded with the kind of people who feel that its their duty to coodle their children at the expense of themselves? But I know friends who have based their futures near entirely on the money their parents have saved.
I feel bad just asking my mother if she's any change for the pay and display at the car park and certainly wouldn't expect to get anything from them to help us buy a house / get married.. although they have offered to give me some money towards a tumble drier which is nice!)