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Look of Shock

January 17th, 2014 at 10:18 am

It has become a thing in the office for the 4 of us to go out to lunch on Friday. I went last Friday. But today I said no. When this one particular person asked me why, I told her that I only had $18 in my fast food budget until next Friday. Deer in headlights. You would have thought I had two heads. I had to explain that I had money for groceries and gas but that I was trying real hard to stay within my budget. She is lucky that her budget is never really reached. She can pretty much spend what she wants, she just never really spends that much by nature. And yet she still complains about having to go to the ER(and paying that bill) when she was having chest pains! I just don't understand her.

Anyway, I was proud of myself for resisting and eating the lunch I brought.

7 Responses to “Look of Shock”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Good for you! Not sure if this would work for your group, but an occasional in office pot luck might be a good way to gather together without going out. By the way, great 2014 goals...I look forward to happy dancing when you pay down that title loan. Smile

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Ah, yes. We experience that a LOT when we first started trying to get out of debt. We had a large friend group and many of the activities centered around eating or drinking out, so there were a few awkward moments when my family's behavior suddenly changed and of course no one ever wants to talk about money, so you couldn't really explain. (Actually these days I'm much more frank and even hold personal finance discussion groups that any of my friends can come to.)

    I've also experienced surprise in the other direction. Since we do budget so deliberately, we have money in some areas that people don't expect carless, eat-at-home, no-fancy-clothes people like us to have. Like charitable donations, or paying good money to our friends for babysitting & catsitting vs. taking advantage of our friendship (which apparently some other friends do to the same people!)

    Stick to your guns! It's worth the momentary discomfort once in a while Big Grin

  3. Buendia Says:

    This is the hardest thing for me. It is great that you told it like it is! I have a group of friends that have a lot more money and they go to fancy restaurants pretty often. I just say I'm busy. I'd like to be more honest, because as creditcardfree mentions there are less expensive options! I would love to bring our own food and have a little picnic in one of our gorgeous downtown parks (or the Plaza and listen to music) in the summer at least.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Good for you for sticking to your budget. I think you have made some very good decisions in the last few months.

  5. scfr Says:

    Good job!

  6. beawealthywarrior Says:


  7. Rachael777 Says:

    good job that takes courage and commitment. Smile

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