I met up with Cheap Geek and his work colleagues for Friday night drinks. One particular fellow had started reading my blog after getting himself into a spot of financial difficulty. He had invested in the wrong kind of margin-lending account with borrowed money.
We all know one. They turn up to the pub/restaurant/show knowing they can’t afford it, fumble around counting their coins in front of you, muttering about how they will cover the drink they just ordered by doing without vegetables until their next pay comes in. They complain about always being sick because they can’t afford to buy actual food, while punching a text on their latest model iPhone to the friend they’ve been out getting trashed with all week about the new pair of fashion stockings they just bought ‘on sale’!
I realise I must sound bitter and this post is something of a rant, yet I seem to find myself with this type of ‘budget-fail’ friend again and again. I’m fairly certain I once supported an ex’s lifestyle to the tune of $10,000 (his savings) while I watched my nest egg evaporate. Either I ooze ‘I’m a Sucker’ or I’m afflicted with a combination of minimal immunity to manipulation and an over-active ‘taking responsibility’ gland. I figure the least I can do is share my experiences so that others can see the red flags and run Continue reading
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a healthy relationship with one’s credit card involves clearing one’s balance every month. Unfortunately, I rarely get on top of my credit card debt, and my relationship with my plastic has been suffering as a result. Continue reading