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Why a specific armed forces board?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in UK Armed Forces MoneySaving
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  • I must say I thuink this site is a bit of a let down. I had assumed that it was about 'Money Saving' but appears to be an extention of EGOAT and ARRSE. Very little in the way of Money Saving tips, instead it's full of general posts about leaving the forces, new postings and irons for Manrine recruits!!:confused: Heres an idea....why not make MoneySavingExpert.com about money saving!!!! RADICAL huh?
  • I don't think every forum/thread on here is purely about money saving but also about giving good general FREE advice.

    The manner in which you have portrayed yourself in your post makes me think that you maybe better suited to somewhere like ARRSE.

    Personally at the moment I prefer to search this site as the varying content is more applicable to me , whereas OH might prefer one of the other options, each to their own.
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  • ErrataErrata Forumite
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    Not much point in complaining to the customers - complain to the management !
    This board reflects the content of other boards on this site - some threads are specifically about moneysaving, others not.
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  • I must say I thuink this site is a bit of a let down. I had assumed that it was about 'Money Saving' but appears to be an extention of EGOAT and ARRSE. Very little in the way of Money Saving tips, instead it's full of general posts about leaving the forces, new postings and irons for Manrine recruits!!:confused: Heres an idea....why not make MoneySavingExpert.com about money saving!!!! RADICAL huh?

    Go and grow some matey.
  • People sometimes post on the dfw subforum about relationship problems and stuff. What's the difference?
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  • :money: thanks great idea
    it costs nothing to smile:D
  • I almost agree with jumping jack...

    I think we have established that this is a great idea and how amazing MSE is for remembering us. but to go through 2 pages of posts without much in the way of advice or tips hoping to find something useful is frustrating.

    I think a good sticky would be 'successfully achieved discounts'
    I know forces discounts websites exsist but not everyone is there

    For example. I went to tot hill service station on the A34 the other day and baught a coffee cake etc... I asked the very nice lady if they did discount and she said no. But she put it through as staff discount (of her own accord) and said we are 'underappreciated' in this country.

    So I thanks her and also think a sticky where people can share their good fortune to rest of us.

    As for non service people exploiting... why would they. As a forces member it's more difficult to get credit, insurance is more expensive etc. If they get 10% off a costa coffe, then good luck to them. I would if I could. Most businesses don't want to give money away and so tend to check id cards...

    Anyhoo, just one man's opinion.
  • Martin,
    Cracking idea to help the forces although these days they have a greater say in their life than when I served, they still need advice guidance and assistance. When I applied for my first mortgage in 1979 the interest rate was I think 15%. I was required by the building society to pay an extra 1.5% because I already had an endowment policy in place(10 years it had been running)But the real kick in the credentials was that I had to pay an extra 1% because I was a serving soldier. The interest on my first mortgage was 17.5%. When I complained it was a case of take it or leave it. Prejudice towards the Armed Forces in respect of financial transactions still exists, some would say even more strongly
    Keep up the good work.

    It appears as a new user I am not allowed to post a link to a specialist forces site. I am not sure what is needed in order to be promoted from new user. However rest assured if I ever get promoted I will let you know about the Forces Favourites web site that is of benefit to all service personnel run by ex service personnel for serving and ex service personnel.
    Keep Smiling
  • Thanks to martin for opening this forum, it has taken me over 20 minutes to read through all posts on this forum. i get the jist of what people are feeling about squaddies/soldiers are doing having there say on general life in the Army.
    can i say thanks to the current serving soldiers,
    and veterans. thanks very much for your input and we never forget fallen heroes from any generation.god bless all.
    i would like to say my opinion on what the idea of soldiers having there say on here, firstly we all know as serving members that media control is tight
    also if this forum has upset the regular MSE folk, i think they need get a grip, start reading what is going on in the world, they might understand why people of all back grounds and proffesions weather they be a toilet cleaner??!!? or a policeman, should have there say. this is a very interesting forum which could help many out, i currently seek information about the SDSR, which the forces are being hit hard by, i'm interested to here about it especially if its leading to redundancies etc...
    i believe it has been approx: 19/20 yrs since the last redundancy packages were offered out. does anyone else have any interest in the SDSR and what can you see the outcome being.
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  • edited 26 February 2011 at 7:41PM
    Al_R_2Al_R_2 Forumite
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    edited 26 February 2011 at 7:41PM
    MSE_Martin wrote: »
    Hi

    After a number of requests I decided it was time to open up an armed forces MoneySaving board for current and past members of the forces and their families.

    The aim isn't to duplicate the rest of the forum and site, but far more to discuss those issues that are specific to members of the forces. Whether it be getting goods delivered overseas, the difficulty of getting life coverage, what's available when leaving the forces, specific discounts and how to get back to civilian life... I'm sure there are many more.

    I hope it will help

    All the best

    Martin

    Good idea Martin (I know, somewhat behind the times, me!). The Forces community is either too busy to get financial advice, always somewhat segregated away from their local towns or always on the move.
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