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  • #1740901
    arandar
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    Member since: November 23, 2009
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    arandar

    My 15yo grandson just got his first holiday job. He worked for a month. Didn’t get paid, one excuse after another, eventually got paid half what’s owed and his employer quit. Yep. His employer quit. No job. No pay.

    Another local case just popped up. Someone we know is being paid $13.00ph cash, under the counter. She doesn’t like it. Doesn’t want it, she’d rather pay her taxes and have KiwiSaver and paid holidays and sick leave but a job’s a job and anything’s better than nothing.

    I think too many people our age have forgotten how much easier it was for us.

    Plenty of jobs. Few if any qualifications required; we could learn on the job and get paid for it. Even a labourer could earn enough to buy a modest home and support a wife and family.

    And there was far less to spend our earnings on. A decent public transport system meant we didn’t all need cars, the local shops were nearby and we could get everything we needed at them. Our work, unless we were some sort of emergency service, was usually 8.30 – 5.00 and our bosses weren’t emailing us in the middle of the night with instructions for the next day. If we worked overtime we were paid time and a half, double time in the weekends, triple on Sundays. There’s none of that now.

     

    Arandar

    #1740902
    paulinem
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    Member since: July 8, 2006
    Topics: 9
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    paulinem

    Arandar what you have written is 100% true for todays world vs  as we grew up.

    I left school after studying hard for School Cert exam. As I was then feeling exhausted I didn’t look for  work. My older sister came to stay for a short while at my mothers home, she  didn’t like the reality of her baby sister not looking for work, so rang the local PO telephone exchange ( in those days  toll calls needed to go through a telephone exchange )

    Before I realized what she had done I was marched down to  exchange and signed in. In those days the PO paid good money to employees, after I was notified I had gained my SC, I was encouraged by the PO to leave the exchange and go to employment with the PO Savings Bank. This bank  I remained in  for eight years until my first child was on her way.

    The POSB paid their employees well, and trained us well as we were sent up  as beginners in initial employment to Woburn training school in Wellington for a month. This was to ensure we were  trained well, with all expenses paid and also our wages paid.  Those days in the POSB   we lived well and enjoyed the normal pleasures of a teenager of those times, as well as yes Jens saving a deposit for my husband and my first home in the local SBS.

    I find it interesting Jens suggesting we should be saving to look after our descendants with he suggests to leave them something to help them in life. I am reminded in this of a true story, about an inheritance of a $150,000 a man received from either his father or uncle when they died.

    The man was so  appreciative of this inheritance that was saved for his benefit he spent it in approx 3weeks on the pokies

    #1740910
    gabyone
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    Member since: November 13, 2008
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    gabyone

    Jens : Enough is enough please take your soapbox to a street corner or shopping centre. Most people on this site know the benefits of savings & many of us have got to where we are today by  hard work & budgeting. I find it insulting that anyone should lecture our generation about the need for saving. We have all done it     !!! Personally there was  no inheritances, no handouts so it is my right to choose to do what I wish with the money I now have. My children all live in a manner I could only dream of at their age. It is not my duty to scrimp & save to leave them money. My duty is for me to provide for me for the rest of my days.

    Gabyone Auckland region

    #1740911
    huiatahi
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    Member since: March 22, 2017
    Topics: 2
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    huiatahi

    Yeah……I’m going to go with a 0.0 balance

    huiatahi

    #1740912
    paulinem
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    Member since: July 8, 2006
    Topics: 9
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    paulinem

    Agree agree Gabyone and huiatahi …like your children mine are financially making more money in their working life than I could ever dream to  make. I agree with your duty to your own needs AND paying all debts incurred in your name before we die. And NO Jens I am not relying on making money to pay my debts by playing  the pokies.

    #1740915
    paulinem
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    Member since: July 8, 2006
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    paulinem

    On another topic today I see on TVNZ One website … a homeless charity group is angry at the Nelson City Council, whom are more interested in looking after freedom campers than the citys homeless.

    It is a very sad reality under our present economy as to the amount of homeless many areas are dealing with, In my town Habitat has taking over a hotel in the center of my town to help deal with provide beding for our homeless problem.

    Also as an interesting fact in 1953 when the Queen came to our town after recently been crowned she stayed at this hotel.

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    #1740923
    jens
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    Member since: May 3, 2006
    Topics: 15
    Replies: 7746
    jens

    Hahaha  huiatahi – with all the  banks  doing their  jobs, I don’t have to handle  or  count my money much at all, and I have  to spend more  time on that dealing with  GreyPower membership fees.

    A  Visitor arrived just  now, so I have to cut  short this  time  on the  grownups  forum.

    Had about a 2 hours walk and 2 hours on the beaCH TODAY..

    Will answer to  all the other  savers possibly  tomorrow, if   the visitor  does not leave  early enough.

    Cheers huiatahi – how do spend your days  in this  beautiful summer-time ?

    #1740930
    huiatahi
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    Member since: March 22, 2017
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    huiatahi

    I spend my time doing volunteer work Jens….it’s so much more rewarding than money in the bank

    huiatahi

    #1740932
    jens
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    Member since: May 3, 2006
    Topics: 15
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    jens

    <p>Good on you, huiatahi, you are and have  been well organised, and if you are over 65 years old, I think you too appreciate  a bank’s  service to you  in holding  your NZ Super until you need it for  eating.  (You are not expected to worry about increasing your estate  at that  age for your  children, but would not  many  die  more happy by  leaving  something valuable   rather  than  debt or nothing ?</p><p>While you and others like you (Gabyone, paulinem, etc.) have managed  to raise  your  children  successfully in the  spirit of your prudence, are you not  concerned at all about the alarming  proportion of  children  reported to be born in  poverty ?</p><p>Perhaps their  parents were the  children  of the generation in the  40-s, 50-s and 60-s , who grew up  in the spirit of their parents who deliberately kept themselves poor enough to qualify for  subsidized  state housing  and  loans  –  and  expected  to benefit the same way, eventually ?</p><p>And yes, inheritances  to  spend-thrift  children  may not  contribute  to all-inclusive   prosperity  spread as much as it  could  -</p><p> but  an all-inclusive  systematic  (retirement) wealth ownership creative  savings routine will still keep the effort  going and alleviate the  damage and possible  catastrophes through excessive  gambling.</p>

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    #1740938
    Bryan
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    Member since: October 28, 2006
    Topics: 15
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    Bryan

    My ambition is to die with empty pockets & no money in the bank.

    I have no wish to leave my kids a nest egg, they can earn their money the way I did…… by WORKING! I found great rewards in being able to say “I paid for that (what ever it was) car, suit, or whatever. During life I have found that I have got more pleasure from giving than receiving not that I have received much for free. I also feel a good deal of pleasure from looking at things “I” have worked for and paid for my self! My $3,000.00(aprox) Computer I am typing this on as an example. I could have done just as well on a much cheeper one but “I” wanted what “I” considered the best.

    At Home, At Peace and Causing Trouble In South Taranaki

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