Another work conversationPosted: August 30, 2012
The girl I work with (let’s call her A) was talking to me the other week, and it keeps making me laugh. She couldn’t remember what she had spent her money on the previous weekend, but her credit card had a higher balance than what she thought it should. After much talking (where I did the whole “smile, nod and make random noises”), she figured out that she had forgotten about going to a restaurant with a friend. She then went on to lament on how this ALWAYS happens to her. My suggestion of tracking fell onto deaf ears-she really just wanted to complain.
The talk then turned to budgeting. She was going on and on about her sister didn’t know how to budget and neither did her roommate. This was kind of funny but she didn’t see the irony of it. Mostly because they can’t keep track of their money and cannot save. Right after this she was musing out loud that she didn’t think she would be able to save “this time” either. But then started talking about some fancy doodad she was going to be buying on credit later.
The sad part is, I have a lot of experience in what she’s doing but she’s not at the point where she will take control of her finances. And sometimes you just have to let them make a mistake in order for them to fix it. Hopefully she fixes things sooner rather than later!