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Old 02-01-2017, 12:46 PM
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We spend or save our money as we choose without a thought regarding what others think about something that is none of their business.
You may believe that we waste money on coffee however, I believe anyone who spends money on mushrooms is wasting their money. I personally do not like mushrooms but it is not my place nor purpose in life to tell anyone else that they are wasting their money on the purchase of mushrooms.
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:58 PM
Location: Delaware
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I have always been fascinated by frugal living. Many years ago Parade Magazine ran an article on a couple that had four respectably dressed kids, the mother was a "stay-at-home-mom" and they bought their dream farm house cash. The father made a descent living but nothing over the top. She could stretch a dollar like a rubber band. They lived on a strict budget and really didn't lack for anything important. I saved that magazine and every now and then read it and savor their accomplishment. She never bought new clothes yet was selective regarding the used clothes she purchased. They were able to look at the bigger picture and delay gratification on many items that people these days "have" to have so that she could stay home for her children. According to the article, they were very happy.
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Old 02-10-2017, 06:10 AM
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There was a form I used to use (when I was helping people with budgets) called 'Money Gobblers" one of the items on this list was purchasing coffee and soda.

I find it interesting that both purchases were mentioned in this thread.

I really don't think anyone cares if you purchase starbucks, or soda - I think it's more of, what I saw, that people didn't realize how much they were spending on them. Let's do simple math - $2 a day on a coffee before work = $10 a week ~$40 a month. For someone who can't make ends meet, or can't get out of debt - here's $40 that could be used for that (or $25 if you replace it with a can of coffee and the electricity to brew it) I think starbucks has become a generic phrase for the mindless spending - just like McDonalds has become the term used for all fast food chains.

There is also a difference between judgment and judgmental. We all make judgments, that's how we decide what is good for us. We don't need to be judgmental - thinking less (or more) of someone's choices that don't agree with ours.

We used to figure $25 per person per month for clothing. It sounded high to me, no way do I spend that much every month - however, it was a budget, what gets earmarked for a purchase. I live in the north, I don't buy a winter coat, or boots every month; but when I need to it's over $25.

Back to OP - It's not my job to jump on anyone for the way they choose to spend their money. However, if it's my money, or they are asking for help, or are driving me crazy because they are always complaining, then I feel it's okay for me to say something about their choices - note say something, not jump all over them.
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Old 02-10-2017, 07:11 AM
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Originally Posted by tassity22 View Post
People can spend their money how they wish. End of story.
Then why do you get flustered about comments on a group on social media?

I do not discuss income/spending with anyone but SO.
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Old 02-11-2017, 04:12 PM
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Actually, yes this is judgmental right here. Calling it "foo foo" coffee and saying it's a waste of money.

If I enjoy my coffee, then it's not a waste of money.
Totally. I love foo foo coffee. In fact once when I was really broke I'd still get it sometimes as a treat at a place where they had a half-price happy hour.

I think what some are saying is that only matters if the foo foo coffee drinker is doing that everyday and then is all omg where is rent money? That to me is when I am like really? Whether it's coffee or DVDs or whatever I can't understand having extras all the time and then not having rent. Or worse, coming to me to borrow after the money is consistently blown.
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Old 02-11-2017, 09:59 PM
Location: Niceville, FL
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I also love my foo foo coffee but have brought it down to less than $1 per mug by going the home Nespesso machine and Torani syrups from World Market route for a daily latte. It's still in the 'little luxury' category, but far less than what I'd spend getting something similar at a coffee shop.
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Old 02-11-2017, 11:48 PM
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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...on a bicycle. It's frou-frou.
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