Does anyone else ever feel like they are alone in their quest for fiscal responsibility (aside from PFA of course). The more I look around at my neigbors (and some of them are my friends) the more I shake my head and feel like I am all alone in my quest to be financially responsible. Even my DH often makes me shake my head although in the 21 years we have been married I have been slowly and steadily converting him. Two separate incidents have been making me think this way this week. The first involves my two neighbors who live across from my house (and next door to each other). One sold a perfectly good John Deere Lawn mower and purchased a newer model for around $10,000.00 (yes - that is a 10 followed by thousand). What!!!!!!!! It's not a car, he cannot drive it to work, what is he thinking. Unless it is guaranteed to cut the grass all by itself for the rest of my life, I could never spend this much on a LAWN MOWER. (And his lawn is under 1 acre!) Not to be outdone, the next door neighbor gave his older lawn mower to his 11 year old son (who has done the lawn mowing for the last 3 years but that is a whole different story). He goes out an buys a $5000.00 lawn mower!!! What!!!! Again, his son was mowing the lawn for the last 3 years on a perfectly good mower!!! These two are just plain crazy in my book and so are their wives who take the attitude, boys and their expensive toys. The second incident was a conversation with a different neighbor and friend. She was complaining how everyone always seemed to be asking her for money this time of year and there were so many additional end of year expenses like kids field trips etc. She wanted a piece of softball equipment for her daughter but didn't want to spend any more cause her DH was not due to get paid for another week. Knowing that my oldest two girls used to play softball, she asked if we had the equipment in question and could her daughter borrow it. I said sure since we were not using it at the time (although the youngest probably will in a year or two). About a week and a half later I saw her and she asked me to admire her manicure and pedicure that she had treated herself to. She had also treated her 9 year old daughter and then gone out to dinner with the whole family that evening. Now, she has the right to spend her money any way she chooses, but it certainly irks me that she asked me for the softball equipment while complaining about money being tight. I know her DH got paid between our first and second conversations, but I cannot help thinking that it is no wonder money is tight toward the end of his pay if she spends like crazy as soon as he gets the next check. Again, all the people mentioned here have the right to do whatever they want with their money, it just makes me feel like I am very lonely in my quest to be responsible. I am very thankful for sites like this one that let me know I am not really all alone - it would just be nice to have a real flesh and blood friend or neighbor who shared these values and that seems to be very hard to find. I do have a few, they just do not live very close so I don't get to do fun/frugal things with them very often. Okay, thats my rant for today.
Alone on my Island
May 22nd, 2007 at 06:35 pm