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All The Things I Want to Say About Money

June 7th, 2017 at 01:33 pm

I came across this blog post today. I feel like I could have written this post. I think these things. And I usually don't say anything unless I would be asked advice.

I do find it interesting that people don't see the disconnect between their actions (the spending) and the way they talk about money.

If you want to go on vacation (where you fly somewhere) and you earn $100K, you can make it happen. It doesn't have to happen every year. I know people who buy excessive (not necessarily expensive) clothes, eat out frequently, get their nails and hair done professionally, have children in MULTIPLE activities, yet don't have the ability to make a trip happen.

Now everyone has the right to choose how they spend their money, but don't speak as though you don't have control. The majority of the time we have much more control than we think we do.

7 Responses to “All The Things I Want to Say About Money”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    That's true, isn't it? Going out to lunch with friends who can't afford new shoes for their kid's running summer class, to buy a house, to repay their student loans, and pay off their parking tickets. And yes, I'm suggesting that we meet on my patio for all upcoming summer lunches.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    I try to be more mindful of saying, "I choose not to afford that" or "I have bigger priorities," versus just saying, "I can't afford that." But overall, it's what we say and I think we are all guilty. Though I totally understand. Most everyone I have met in current city spends far beyond their means and has absolutely no grasp of priorities. (Interesting it was a minimalist blog post because thinking of posting something similar re: minimalism, later).

    My pet peeve is really how much people use the same excuse as to *time*. It's the same thing. There's only so many hours in the day. Just admit that you have other priorities than the things you never get to.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Yes, MM, we all are guilty in one way or another. And I also try to be mindful of the words I say as well. And yes, just admit to having other priorities.

    But my question is are people aware of the disconnect between their words and their actions. I'm sure some are, but are some people just floating through life thinking everything is just happing to them and they lack choice and control over their money and time?

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    I think most people are "just floating through life thinking everything is just happening to them and they lack choice and control over their money and time." I think that sums it up pretty well.



  5. rob62521 Says:

    I think this blog speaks for many of us. I'm not brave enough to tell those of my friends who are constantly buying luxury stuff and eating out that they would have more money when they complain they are broke. Wish I had the guts to do so. Of course, they don't want to change and most certainly don't want to hear it. I just mentioned to a friend of mine about a professor of ours who commented he didn't know how all these younger than he is were retiring...then went on to say they had some major trips planned to golf as well as going to their lake house (second place). No lake house for us. No big vacations either and golfing around here is darn expensive. That isn't the reason we don't golf; neither of us are very good and really don't care to put in the work to improve, but it is one expensive hobby.

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    I only have the guts if someone says it over and over to me, and is sincerely questioning why. That rarely happens. Honestly, I think only one friend asked my opinion. And she sincerely wanted to know, but she did the thing I told her not to...took out a 401k loan.

  7. VS_ozgirl Says:

    It is so very true, isn't it! And people often get so caught up in brands and the way that things look and who is buying what that they forget the impact all these things will have on current and future lifestyles. Like a lot of people here I am conscious of these things and it is astounding how many aren't.

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