Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The conversation shifted around quite a bit but I found myself in the odd position of totally disagreeing with my family on a number of financial issues. The funny part is I definitely have my financial house in way better order than any of them. But it is no big shocker that they have all bought into the ideas that get people in money trouble. For instance, my Dad rented a 2013 Chrysler 200 for 8 days while in Florida. He is raving about how great this vehicle is and that he wants to get a new car for Mom as soon as they pay off their house. I pipe up that perhaps buying a car that is a year or so older than brand new would make more sense and they would have more value for their money. My brother starts talking about getting a car lease and I instantly feel the financial red flags going up and whipping violently in the wind of my disapproval.
The moral of the story is, you can lead a person to good financial advice, but you can't make them drink. My hope is that whatever happens I can stick to the side lines and not become the pushy unwanted family member. The likely reality is I'll continue to give me two cents and hope my relatives will eventually have enough sense to listen to me about how they spend their cents.