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    • MSE Sarah
    • By MSE Sarah 11th Sep 18, 12:21 PM
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    Money Moral Dilemma: Is it OK to pay off our mortgage with our son's winnings?
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    • 11th Sep 18, 12:21 PM
    Money Moral Dilemma: Is it OK to pay off our mortgage with our son's winnings? 11th Sep 18 at 12:21 PM
    This week's MoneySaver who wants advice asks...

    We've just had our first child and his grandparent has given him £1,000 in Premium Bonds. It's unlikely, but if he actually won big, would it be wrong if we paid off our mortgage with the money? He'll inherit our house one day after all.

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    • Ebenezer_Screwj
    • By Ebenezer_Screwj 14th Sep 18, 4:01 PM
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    You don't seem to understand the concept of ownership. Let me put it simply - these premium bonds belong to your son - if his numbers come up and he wins a prize - IT IS HIS MONEY !
    • Silverbird
    • By Silverbird 15th Sep 18, 7:39 AM
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    Absolutely 100% NO! Unbelievable that this has been asked and I'm hoping it's a made-up dilemma.

    You cannot predict the future and cannot say your son will inherit your house. Should you ever need to stay in a care home your house and any other assets would be used to pay for it.
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 15th Sep 18, 8:07 AM
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    Pollycat
    Absolutely 100% NO! Unbelievable that this has been asked and I'm hoping it's a made-up dilemma.

    You cannot predict the future and cannot say your son will inherit your house. Should you ever need to stay in a care home your house and any other assets would be used to pay for it.
    Originally posted by Silverbird
    You hope in vain.
    It's actually a real dilemma (although hypothetical as there are no winnings).
    Take a look at post #46.
    • figrat
    • By figrat 16th Sep 18, 9:14 PM
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    figrat
    Nope.
    That money has been given to your child, in good faith. It has not been given to you.
    It is not your money.
    • figrat
    • By figrat 16th Sep 18, 9:17 PM
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    figrat
    Discuss these issues with the donors.
    Not strangers.
    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 16th Sep 18, 9:31 PM
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    Spendless
    You hope in vain.
    It's actually a real dilemma (although hypothetical as there are no winnings).
    Take a look at post #46.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    Thanks for this as I'd skipped that page.

    This is the real problem as mentioned elsewhere. It's been heavily edited by the MSE team so really was a pie in the sky question ut along the lines of

    'In the event our child won premium bonds what would be the best thing to do for him if we spent it, would it be to privately educate him, take him on fancy hols, pay off the mortgage in order to spend more time with him etc'

    Until the MSE team stop editing these dilemmas so they aren't asking the original question, they just become pretty pointless.
    • mjm3346
    • By mjm3346 16th Sep 18, 11:11 PM
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    mjm3346
    If you are a thief spend it otherwise leave it alone and the child can do what they want with it and all the interest when they are 16.
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