Stuff You Shouldn't Say If You're Broke
Are you poor?
During these tough economic times, many of us are poor. Let's be honest - we are all flat broke. People cannot afford the luxuries they once had. Furthermore, some people have even been forced to work two jobs, ask for government assistance, or borrow money from loved ones. It really stinks to get to that point in life. Every now and then, everyone deserves a little splurge just to forget about being broke.
However, there are some folks that just take it too far. Some people always have problems paying their bills. They need to borrow or beg all the time. Yet, these same people make some unwise decisions about their money. Quite frankly, I don't really care how other people spend their money. My frustration is when these same people that owe you money or receive government assistance of some sort are living larger than people that are not borrowing money. Please, to all my broke readers out there, if you are poor, there are some things you simply should not buy. If you are going on exciting shopping sprees with borrowed money or government money, at least have the decency not to tell anyone about it. There is just some stuff you shouldn't say if you are broke...
"I just got my hair and nails done."
Really? I thought you were on unemployment. Are you going to an interview tomorrow? No. Really? I have nail polish from the dollar store. I could do your nails for you. I can take a pair of scissors and cut your hair, too. Wow, did you get highlights, too? Those are really expensive. You know, you can do all of that at home for about $15. Oh, you paid over $100. Interesting... very interesting.
"Can you hand me my Coach bag?"
Oh, I see. I guess you need a Coach bag to carry all your pennies since you don't even have a dime. Yes, that sounds about right. I can see, sometimes people fall on rough times and maybe you had that bag before your finances took a tumble. However, if that bag looks pretty nice, you might want to consider selling it on eBay or Craigslist. If you have about 10 Coach bags sitting in your closet, you should certainly pick 5 of your least favorite bags to sell. You might be able to afford to pay your electric bill with the money you make and not go around begging for others to help you.
"I'm planning a vacation next month. It's a shame you can't go."
Yes, that is a real shame I can't go along with you. If you ever paid me the money you owe me, I just might be able to afford the trip. Bummer. Oh, that is right. While you are on vacation you'd probably just try to get me to buy you food the whole time anyway. That's OK. I'll pass.
"Meet our new puppy. We bought him from a breeder."
I need to take a step back now and really take this in. You just bought a puppy. Last week, you could not afford to feed yourself, but now you have another mouth to feed. Let's also reflect on how much it costs to buy from a breeder. You do realize there are animal shelters with perfectly wonderful dogs at a much lower price, right? I mean, that $1,000 seems pretty expensive compared to the person giving away puppies on Craigslist.
"I don't like to use coupons."
So you say you don't like to use coupons, yet you come up short at the end of each month. It seems as if you might save money if you used coupons. Oh, that would take time and effort. Yes, I suppose that is true. It is a much better idea to just make a late payment on your phone bill or go without food for a week rather than take the scissors and clip some coupons. Yes, that does seem like a lot of effort. You do realize many newspapers are practically giving away subscriptions now, right? In many instances, the subscription pays for itself within 2 weeks. Just saying!
"I would never work at a fast food restaurant."
This is so true. There is so much more dignity in begging from friends and family members rather than getting an actual, honest job that helps pay bills. Right on! Let's not even think about some of the awesome discounts you can get on food or, in some cases, FREE FOOD just for working at a restaurant. Sure, sure. It is much better to tell people how much you need a job or need a second job, but your standards are just too high. You'd better keep reaching for the stars. I am sure you will get a nice part-time job with NASA in no time.
"I went clubbing last night. I was out for 5 hours."
Please tell me you stayed at the same club for 5 hours, right? Wrong! You went to 4 different clubs? You paid how many cover charges? You drank how much? Wow, that sounds like a really good time. It's a shame I couldn't go with you. That is right... I was working at my second job right about then. Ummm... no, you can't borrow $10 from me for food.
"Yeah, throw that out. No one likes leftovers."
Wait a minute! Hold on! Did you know some food tastes even better the second day? It can taste OK the third day. I'll bet it is tasty on the fourth day, too. The moral is, don't throw it out! If you have some food at work leftover from an event, stash it. Seriously, taking the leftover food home from work is one of the few benefits some jobs even have left to offer. If you are making a big meal, save some for lunch the next day. Or hey, just give it to me. I am geniunely broke and enjoy free food.
Final Thoughts, just as if I am Jerry Springer...
I realize somewhere along the line this hub turned into an angry rant. It is not so much funny as it is a bitter commentary on some stuff I am annoyed whenever I hear it come out of the mouth's of my fellow broke people. If you are really on a budget, you can do your own nails and hair, clip coupons, and keep your partying to a minimum.
Since this hub wasn't really that funny at all, here is a YouTube clip from a guy that is actually funny. He wants to tell you stuff that broke people should be saying. Enjoy!
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