go birds wrote:women amirite???
Not to agree that women are bad at money managing or whatever and I know you were joking.
That said, my wife's (divorced) parents are the exact polar opposites of money managers.
Her mom treats every penny like it's hot magma burning a hole in her pocket. We used to get her bank statements. Her savings account had like $12.00 (twelve) dollars in it. Her checking was often in the single digits by the time pay day rolled around. I have no idea how stressful it must be to keep track of spending down to the nats ass so you know excactly how much can be spent. And, of couse, she doesn't have credit cards because she has gone through bankruptcy multiple times. Sometimes she'd give a present in the form of a $200 check but ask for it not to be cashed for X amount of days. Like...hey, why not just give a $20 check. Why 200 FREAKING DOLLARS if you don't have the money?!?! She rents a house that she can't really afford by herself and bought a car with undoubtedly a huge interest rate loan from the dealer. Every month the money in is about exactly equal to the money out. With none going to savings. FML. The clearest example is going out to eat. She'll want to go out and absolutely get offended if I pay for it. And, she wants to do this often. Like once a month or so.
Her dad, otoh, treats every penny like it's a 10k diamond and refuses to let it go. He'll drive up, not spend a dime at a gas station other than on gas, not spend a dime on food, not spend a dime at the store. Drink whatever beer I have, whatever liquor I have, but never replenish any of it. I don't care, he's a guest. And, he certainly does a lot of work while he's here. But, last time he was here, I had the AC set on 73 and he turned it up to 78. SEVENTY EIGHT!!!! to help me save money. Thanks man. But, going out to eat. Nope. He will never ever suggest it. And, if we do, he'll inevitably forget his wallet. One time he ordered a beer and didn't have his ID. He's like 60 and they wouldn't serve him alcohol. Ha.
Amazing to see two people that different ever were together long enoguh to produce offspring (and not much longer)