Holidays with the financial half-wits
NO!!! This story is NOT about my family. I LOVE my family! I even get along my in-laws.
And while my immediate relatives have different levels of income and frugality, we’re pretty much the types to applaud when someone does well, help only however we can when someone isn’t, and know when to keep our mouths shut.
So my peeps get along even when discussing financial matters.
But there are some of you who are not as blessed.
Maggie Ellis at Personal Finance Advice discusses how to deal with Holidays with the financial half-wits.
See, somehow we turned out to be the only two in this entire group who grew up to be financially responsible. It was a case of growing up responsible in spite of, not because of, our upbringings. Both families tend to be very loose with their money and, as a result, tend not to have any. And they like to complain about it. A lot. Loudly. And they like to try to make us feel bad about our hard-won financial success. If they’re not laying the guilt trip on us, they’re (sometimes subtly, but usually not) asking for money.
And she gives some very practical tips about how to change the subject, or avoid it altogether.
For those of you who are dealing with that issue, you have my sympathies.