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Annoying "spending" types of friends

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:46 pm
by Poor Leno
I'm not sure how to deal with them. They annoy me so much. They're the kind of person who spends loads of money on stuff they don't use/barely ever use. They're also the kind of person who rates clothing and different gadgets on price tag, the higher the price CLEARLY that means it HAS to be better. I can't stand them. It's annoying though because they are nice people and we get along really well apart from these annoying tendencies. It's like they can never be satisfied with what they have. Maybe it's just the way I've been brought up but I cherish a lot of things I have, my parents giving me money to live on whilst at uni, a laptop, a phone, food, shelter etc. But they probably just take it for granted and whine about not having the nicest clothes or a next-gen console or something like that. I can't stand it and it's not like I can just slap them in the face and tell them to wake up because they'll just get angry and tell me to stop judging them.

Re: Annoying "spending" types of friends

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:29 pm
by peecee
Hi, Poor Leno! Welcome to PP. :D

You clearly feel strongly about your friends' attitude towards money and possessions - but has something specific caused you to post about it now? What's happened?

Re: Annoying "spending" types of friends

PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 11:55 am
by reckoner
The habit that winds me up the most is scrolling on phones during a conversation. It's not considered okay to suddenly turn on the telly or the radio when someone's talking to you, so why is it somehow okay to flip through your messages? One person starts doing it, and suddenly everyone's doing it. I was out the other night and they're all constantly checking or tapping away at their bleeding phone. We mentioned how hot it was in the pub, I get home and see that one of them has tweeted about how hot it was. Snakes alive!!! My vein has started throbbing as I type.

The problem is that very few of us are lucky enough to be perfect, but even that doesn't entitle us to dictate to others how to live or what to believe or how to spend their money. We can only lead by example and be grateful for having been brought up properly with good manners, to appreciate how lucky we are, to not get sucked in by the endless adverts and lifestyle guides persuading us to go out and buy stuff we don't need, or whatever.

Enjoy the good things about your friends and bring out the best they have to offer. If they start banging on about the latest, fanciest, most expensive gadget they've bought, you have my personal permission to ignore them and check your phone. :D