By indexer
111 days ago

What would you do with loads of money?

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Picture the scene:

You were always fond of your elderly uncle, although he only had that status by being the husband of your aunt, who died several years ago. He lived into old age, spending his final years in a care home, but eventually he died - well into his 90s.

Your uncle and aunt did not have children of their own, so they only had nephews and nieces to whom to leave their money. You had long thought that the cost of living in a care home for more than ten years would have drained your uncle's resources, so you were not expecting your share of his estate - split between six nephews and nieces - to be all that large.

However, when the cheque arrived in the post you realized that your uncle had had considerably more wealth than you had imagined. You were now richer to the tune of £200,000!

That might sound like fantasy, but it does actually happen - and it has happened recently to somebody I know. They are at a loss as to what to do with the money, and I would be in the same situation if it happened to me - which is highly unlikely due to complete lack of elderly uncles living in care homes!

There are various options - go wild and buy expensive things like cars and jewelry, travel round the world, or invest it wisely and gather the interest. I saw recently that a group of three barren, rocky islands off the north coast of Scotland are up for sale - for exactly £200,000!

Or one could be generous to one's own family and give them a helping hand - see a son or daughter through college, for example.

One could give the bulk of it away to charity and help thousands of people indirectly.

What would you do in such circumstances? It would be interesting to know!
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ze2000 Pay good education for the kids, house, invest in mid risk business, and if there’s left then just buy petty things like cars and stuff for me or family.
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fortune I never ask myself what if... I live now, i do not plan my future or ask myself what would be if i... It is enough for my life what and how much i have so i guess i may give to charity but i never thought about being very rich. It never was a purpose of my life.
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indexer @ze2000 That sounds reasonable!
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indexer @fortune I agree you with you in the main, but this sort of thing does actually happen - people can gain wealth completely out of the blue, and I don't just mean lottery winners.
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soncee Wonderful stats I hope you will properly invest that money
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indexer @soncee Let me make this absolutely clear - this is not a story about me - if only!
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soncee I understood it was not a story about you
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bee @indexer I would invest so that the money keeps on coming and share with those who are in need of it and those whom have helped me get to where I am today. What would you do?
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indexer @bee That is a persuasive argument.
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Snezana nice
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NyishaHv I would not like to have to much money to the point where I'd need an accountant and not know what to do with it as of now I am 23. Anyway, as for the money vs happiness debate for me, I believe money does not buy happiness, it makes things, material things, etc more accessible. For me personally when I've had a decent amount of money I've still been depressed, so perhaps money is not the answer. I'd rather be genuinely happy then rely on money or products of monetary value. Because if you're not even happy to enjoy what you purchase, I can't think of any importance of money as to the fact that we use it for survival and somehow "makes the world go round"?...
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NyishaHv If I had lots of money i'd give it away to some sort of charity.
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indexer @NyishaHv I think it was Spike Milligan who said that money can't buy you happiness but it can give you a more pleasant form of misery!
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NyishaHv haha @indexer ive heard that somewhere before thanku :) <3 btw fab articles u always have the greatest historical articles etc :) And so well written!
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