Real-life MMD: Should I share utility switching cashback?

Former_MSE_Sally Former MSE Posts: 74 Forumite
edited 27 November 2012 at 5:20PM in MoneySaving polls
Money Moral Dilemma: Should I share utility switching cashback?

I share a house. While we split the bills equally, the gas and electricity bill is in my name. When the price hikes were announced recently, I listened to the boss and switched to a fixed deal saving us £150/yr, clicking through a comparison site offering the most cashback. I've done the legwork, made the calls and sourced the deal. Now the switch is nearly complete, do I split the £30 cashback with my housemates? (I'm staying anonymous, in case they're reading...)

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  • green1970
    green1970 Forumite Posts: 744 Forumite
    I don't think I'd keep it, if you're sharing a house I would think that everyone mucks in with doing their bit - yours just managed to bag you a kickback. I'd be tempted to buy something with the cashback that benefits the whole household like a few £10 meal deals from M&S or a second hand wii console, something that gets you all together having a laugh. Living with others is tough enough without people thinking one of their housemates is being a little bit mean.
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  • Dame
    Dame Forumite Posts: 16 Forumite
    You are all already saving £150/year through your hard work - the cashback should surely be for the person who put themself out to find the deal

    I say keep it
  • ironlady2022
    ironlady2022 Forumite Posts: 1,544
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    I would say keep it. It's only £30 at the end of the day. You took initiative to bother doing the legwork - think of it as a little reward to yourself. And your housemates are better off anyway. Also the cash back may take months to come through.
  • Tigsteroonie
    Tigsteroonie Forumite Posts: 24,953
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    I wouldn't share it - you did the hard work of finding them a good deal, so they've all benefitted from that. The cashback is your wages for doing the work!
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  • Curly
    Curly Forumite Posts: 398
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    Keep it 100% and keep quiet.
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  • moneysavingmumofone
    moneysavingmumofone Forumite Posts: 4,296 Forumite
    Id keep it as your reward for finding the deal! :)
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  • irishjohn
    irishjohn Forumite Posts: 1,349
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    Look at it this way - another housemate goes off to Mr T to buy house share items, eg Instant Coffee - large jar. He finds it is on BOGOF so brings back two jars - He puts one jar in the cupboard for communal use and keeps the second one to take into work to use for his coffee breaks? Does that sound fair to you? If it does then by all means keep the £30 - if it doesn't then I would hope the £30 goes into the communal pot of cash to pay the utility bills,
  • mummybearx
    mummybearx Forumite Posts: 1,921 Forumite
    Keep it!

    You earned it!
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  • kerri_gt
    kerri_gt Forumite Posts: 11,202
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    Keep it. You did all the leg work to save the house £150 , count it as a service fee. If you felt like it you could shout the house a takeaway perhaps.
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  • Kirri
    Kirri Forumite Posts: 6,183
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    Keep it - it takes ages going through those comparison deals, most people wouldn't bother even trying and why should they share it if they've done nothing to help!
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