"Starting to convert the family…" blog discussion

This is the discussion to link on the back of Martin's “Starting to convert the family…" blog. Please read the blog first, as this discussion follows it.

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  • chiff
    chiff Posts: 122 Forumite
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    I've been badgering my family for ages and aside from the mortgage reclaiming they can't be bothered. It is really frustrating but it's their loss I'm afraid. I've saved over £6,000 since starting money saving just over 2 years ago and it hasn't taken up too much time.

    What can you do???
    BACKFRMTHEEDGE Posts: 1,294 Forumite
    Oh lordy I would love to pass on everything I've learned from this great site. I have helped my brother get a great mortgage though and hopefully he'll be saving money for years:D
    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

    Savings For Kids 1st Jan 2019 £16,112
  • bluestaff
    bluestaff Posts: 111 Forumite
    First Anniversary
    Ive tried to get my brother in law to reclaim his mortgage exit fee on a number of occaisons told him its just a phone call but has he done it no chance thinks i no nothing told him I did mine his loss.
  • jet9cat
    jet9cat Posts: 1,657 Forumite
    I agree with the others. I have 2 sisters and told both about the success I'd had reclaiming MEAFs and how easy it was. One has done it and got some moeny back (not sure how much) but the other is full of comments like "I don't have time for things like that" and "it's not worth it" whenever I tell her about this site, money saving in general or doing things like online surveys to get a bit of extra cash, yet she always has time for playing things like Bejewled on the computer! I've also tried to persuade my Dad that he should have a cash ISA too, not just my non-tax paying Mum - all the more frustrating as he's always wingeing about the amount of tax to be paid on his pension and that he can't use my Mum's unused personal allowance! V frustrating when family won't listen but as others have said -their loss! I need to make my hard earned money work for me so I will continue listening to Martins tips with interest.
    Every penny's a prisoner
    PADding is addictive
    MFW August 2023 - unless I get my butt into gear :D
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