1. 12 Things Said By People Who Suck With Money

    Pardon me, folks, whilst I take a moment for myself. I’m going to vent right now, mostly because it feels like a great time to Go Soapbox on the world.

    I don’t know exactly what set me off this evening (it’s late Sunday as I write this). But I’m pretty sure that the NY Times article “Couple Learn the High Price of Easy Credit” didn’t help. Thanks to Tricia at Blogging Away Debt for linking it. But after reading it, I don’t feel at all that this couple has what it takes to climb out of their hole. From the article:

    … and $13,680 on a CashBuilder Elite Visa, including a monthly finance charge of $200.

    A “CashBuilder Elite” Visa? Finance charges of $200? That’s the great thing about credit cards and the credit-card industry: Sometimes the irony is Just. So. Thick.

    Anyhow, let’s get to the show. Let me find my trusty ol’ cynical soapbox…

    12 Things You Hear From People
    Who (Probably) Suck With Money

    1. “Don’t look at me. It’s my [wife/husband] who spends it all.”

      Of course. And if you blame them long enough, it’ll all work itself out in the end, right? Or at least the judge will make it so it does. (“Work itself out,” and “end,” I mean.)

    2. “Who has time to budget? Not me.”

      This one’s pretty universal. The convenient thing is that they’ll have plenty of time to budget when they hit retirement and stop workin—

      Oh, wait. Never mind.

    3. “We refinanced last week and paid off our credit cards.”

      No, you didn’t “pay off” your debt, Maureen. You just moved it. And you’ll be moving again when the bank forecloses on your house. But first things first: You need to get those cards maxed-out again.

      Then . . . just give it time.

    4. “I wanted to pay off the cards, but my husband says his investments are doing better than the interest.”

      If your cards are charging you today’s standard rates — say, 14 to 18 percent interest — then I have news for you:

      Your husband is either lying, or he can’t do math.

      Just sayin’.

      (Note: Pfbloggers and FatWalleters are exempt from this one.)

    5. “Yeah, it was a lot of money. But you only live once, right?”

      I’m not sure. But as long you’re alive, you might as well be making payments.

    6. “Of course I need the new Dodge Behemoth SUV. It’s safer for our child, and my show poodles need more space.”

      Which is precisely why I can only dream of watching folks like this filling up in a world of four-bucks-a-gallon gas—

      Oh, wait. Never mind.

    7. “I couldn’t save money even if I wanted to.”

      No, what you probably mean is that you couldn’t sacrifice even if you wanted to. Which you don’t.

      But that’s okay. The folks at Crate ‘n’ Barrel love you.

    8. “I could pay all my bills off if they’d just give me that [raise/promotion/bonus] at work.”

      Yeah, you and everyone else. Except that when more money comes in, it just means that more money goes out, and you’re right back at #7 (above) again. That’s why they call it the Rat Race.

    9. “Man, if I won the lottery, all my money problems would be history.”

      No, what you mean is that all your money problems would be historic. As in of epic proportions. Because if you can’t manage thirty grand a year, you can’t manage three hundred grand, either. Mark it down.

      The line of lottery winners who’ve gone broke starts right over there. And it stretches all the way back to . . . oh, I don’t know. Maybe Miami.

    10. “I put it on my Worst Buy card, so I have six months to pay it off before there’s any interest. We’ll have it paid off by then.”

      Sure you will. You, again, and everybody else. You could’ve paid for it with cash if you’d wanted to, right?

      (Another instance where most money-bloggers and FatWalleters are probably exempt.)

    11. “But it’s my wedding! I dreamed about it forever, I want to remember it forever, and I want for that day to be fabulous!”
      Okay. So I heard this from someone doing an interview on TV. It might’ve been a put-on for all I know. But there are ladies out there who feel this way, right? I just got exceedingly lucky and met one who didn’t, right?

      Worth noting: It’s easy to remember your “fabulous wedding” forever when forever is how long you (and/or your parents) will be paying for it.

    12. “Hello there. I’m Joe Smith. I’m a U.S. Congressman. How are you today?”

      Fine, thanks. So . . . you, uh . . . you deficit much, Mr. Smith? How’s that darn federal-budget-thing working out for you? Tell me: Do you guys ever actually use those calculators we taxpayers paid twelve grand for?

    Okay. That’s about all I can come up with right now. What sorts of things have you heard uttered from the mouths of financial slackers? What little snippets tip you off that someone’s stuck on the First Rule of Holes, figuratively speaking?

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  2. 17 Responses to "12 Things Said By People Who Suck With Money" ...

    1. On May 21, 2007 @ 11:00 am,
      Anonymous wrote:

      How about these?

      – You can’t take it with you (that is, money to the next life).

      – I work hard, I deserve it (“it” being some bauble, toy, vacation, etc).

      – It’s a collector’s item

      – They were on sale 50% off, so I bought 10 of them in every color.

      – I didn’t have alot of things growing up.

      Sadly, these are real things said by a shopaholic friend of mine who also said most of the 12 things in your article.



    2. On May 21, 2007 @ 12:26 pm,
      Jason Sparks wrote:

      There’s a video on YouTube that depicts how Visa has been removed from the web.



    3. On May 21, 2007 @ 9:21 pm,
      Anonymous wrote:

      “It’s just money; there’s more where that came from.”



    4. On May 21, 2007 @ 9:38 pm,
      Michael wrote:

      Wow…can’t believe I missed that one:

      “I work hard; I deserve it.”

      Classic and reliable. A good old stand-by when justifying that expense you KNOW you can’t really afford.



    5. On May 22, 2007 @ 4:01 pm,
      Anonymous wrote:

      “It won’t do any good to budget anyway because we need all our income to live on”



    6. On May 23, 2007 @ 2:28 pm,
      Anonymous wrote:

      SPEND !!! SPEND !!! SPEND !!!!



    7. On May 23, 2007 @ 2:30 pm,
      Anonymous wrote:

      Keep spending Moron!!!!



    8. On May 24, 2007 @ 1:50 pm,
      Anonymous wrote:

      From my husband’s co-worker:

      “We’ve got about $20,000 in credit card debt, but it’s okay – it’s spread out among 4 or 5 cards.”

      Yes, that definitely makes your situation better.



    9. On May 24, 2007 @ 2:03 pm,
      Anonymous wrote:

      “It’s stupid to have the equity just sitting there in your house being wasted when you could be using it”

      “but why would you live with your old junk if you could just charge it and get new stuff?”

      “We’ll pay it off when our parents die. We have a huge inheritance coming our way” (or “we’ll pay for retirement with our inheritance”)

      “I lived like a student for years so I really have this coming to me”

      Your post cracked me up. It’s truly genius! And I agree, it feels good to vent!



    10. On May 24, 2007 @ 11:19 pm,
      Anonymous wrote:

      It’s only money! You only live once! I’m worth it! There’s a great site out there for people who think like this. It is my411financial.com It deals with foreclosure, bankruptcy, bad credit and lots more for hard headed people who won’t wake up until it’s too late. I found out about it from my neighbor right before she lost her house. Oh well, good luck with that!!!!!



    11. On May 29, 2007 @ 2:57 pm,
      Anonymous wrote:

      I can’t help myself! I thought of another one: “I could have shopped around or waited until it was on sale, but I get value from the time I’ve had it that I got to use it.” (Yeah, wearing that shirt an extra week IS like money in your pocket…)



    12. On May 29, 2007 @ 9:44 pm,
      Mindy wrote:

      Wow. It’s scary how many of these sound like me before I finally got my head out of the sand and took charge of my spending back in January. The one about making $x at work is perfect me — I did that for years. Then I got a job making what I always thought would be what I needed to get by (nothing huge, I assure you, but still…) and was still having problems. Thank goodness I finally decided to get responsible with my money. 🙂



    13. On June 9, 2007 @ 4:07 pm,
      Living Almost Large wrote:

      -I deserve it.

      -We can afford the monthly payment.

      -Who can afford to live without CC.



    14. On July 23, 2007 @ 10:41 am,
      Anonymous wrote:

      The one I hear the most is “I don’t make enough money to budget”



    15. On November 9, 2007 @ 9:54 pm,
      Anonymous wrote:

      But Honey, I SAVED $200… No… You SPENT $300/$400/etc. (If you really SAVED $200 – where is it? In the bank? I don’t think so)



    16. On April 29, 2008 @ 1:40 pm,
      experts on credit wrote:

      I’ve been guilty of number 8 plenty of times. I even doubled my income over the last two years and kept saying the same thing — which is when I put myself in check. Hindsight is 20/20, even at half my current salary, I could have been saving the entire time.



    17. On April 6, 2010 @ 11:29 pm,
      Guy G. wrote:

      I laughed at the comment where the husband said his investments were doing better than the interest on the card. This guy needs some serious tips on budgeting.

      If he was seriously earning that much on his investments, wouldn't he like to pay off the cards so he could fuel his investments with that much more money?

      food for though.



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