Originally Posted by double00
i don't get people who discuss their personal finances with other people.
whether i'm broke or filthy fucking rich why should i satisfy the curiosity of some turd who wants something to measure themselves against?
I go out of my way to avoid those kinds of discussions with friends. I talk about it all the time with my estate planning/tax clients, of course, but that's all confidential and they are paying me to listen.
Originally Posted by Piobaire
In my experience people usually just start talking about the state of their finances. I would never ask someone how much they make or how much they have saved IRL they just start spilling their guts. I figure they're looking for vindication that others are committing financial suicide too.
+1, although I always look for a quick opportunity to change the subject. Usually it seems like people bring that stuff up as a fishing expedition to find out how much I make or how I'm doing financially. When I was a kid my parents drilled into me the idea that talking about that kind of stuff socially was totally tasteless, and I guess that notion sort of sunk in.