What’s Your Most Awkward Money Moment?
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Happy Monday friends! With today being the first workday after FinCon15 I thought I’d keep it a little light while we are all still recovering :-).
We all have different views on money. When you throw in office politics, family members and random occurrences, it’s easy to have an awkward money moment from time to time. Awkward can be somewhat relative, though it generally has the same underlying result – you just want to cringe a little bit inside.
I found it interesting that several of the awkward money moments listed were related to working in an office. Now that I work from home I’m thankful not to be put in a situation again of feeling the peer pressure of giving to or buying something from every drive a co-worker’s child was doing. Not that I’m not charitable, I just don’t like spending money when I feel like I have to and it’s something I don’t need.
My Most Awkward Money Moment
I ashamedly would classify my most awkward money moment as what the majority did – getting a credit card declined. During my crazy spending days I had the opportunity to experience that feeling first hand a number of times.
I should have taken it as a wakeup call to stop spending like the world was on fire, but I didn’t. Instead, I found ways to get a little breathing room so I could spend more.
That being said, I found it interesting that there was nothing specific mentioned in the infographic related to family and money. I guess it depends on the family, but I’d guess in most families money can be an awkward topic to discuss.
We got to see that first hand several months ago when my Dad visited and we were discussing one of my brothers buying a condo. Mrs. Frugal Rules and I asked what they paid for the condo only to be rejected. Interestingly, my usually open and direct father would not tell us. To a fault, he’ll tell you anything you want to hear but when it comes to money it’s a different subject. It just goes to show you that what’s normal for one person is awkward for another.
Have you experienced any of these awkward money moments? What are some things that mortify you when it comes to money? Does your family openly discuss finances?
John is the founder of Frugal Rules, a dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry whose writing has been featured in Forbes, CNBC, Yahoo Finance and more.
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