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well, he asked so I told him...

April 18th, 2006 at 04:08 am

Lunch with the lawyer friend and his partner. Ironic that yesterday was ham day and today we went to lunch fundraiser at Hillel. $15, so there was no way I was going to eat enough brisket, kugel and gelfite to make it a deal, but it was nice (the cooking reminded me of college days) and it was for a worthy cause.

So at the end of lunch, over apple crumb, lawyer friend heaves a big sigh and asks, "I spend too much money. How can I can I save some?"

"Stop spending money," I said. "Stop traveling so much." (He had just come back from visiting family on the east coast)

"No really," he said, "I'm sick of this. How can I do it?"

"Get into a routine that you can live with," I said. "You then find ways to run your routine for cheap. And TV is evil."

His partner definitely agreed about the TV, but lawyer friend made a face.

Another minute later lawyer friend mused, "I watched the line at Starbucks - addicts lining up for a socially acceptable form of crack."

I planted a seed; we'll see if it sprouts.

8 Responses to “well, he asked so I told him...”

  1. boomeyers Says:

    Don't you hate it when people ask questions and don't really want an answer. Good try trying to give him some advice. I have a friend just like this and I finally just had to tune her out!

  2. carol Says:

    I second what boomeyers said. It's maddening when someone asks you how they can save money, start exercising, etc., then turn right around and refute everything you say and sometimes even worse, use what you just said to them to start and argument. Arrrrrgh!

  3. baselle Says:

    Actually, its more interesting than that. His partner is definitely frugal, and listened with bemusement. Apparently they've had this conversation more than once.

  4. mjrube94 Says:

    My mother had an expression "Don't ask if you don't want to know"...

  5. Ima Saver Says:

    I have a friend who actually gets mad at me when I give her money advice. She says my advice is all wrong, yet she lives in poverty and I live in luxuray.

  6. Thrifty Ray Says:

    You planted a he may start noticing ways to change....and maybe, eventually he will....or not...but you did what you could~it's up to him to take it Smile ....or leave it Frown .

  7. katwoman Says:

    Here's my favorite saying:

    If you don't like the answer, don't ask the question.

  8. baselle Says:

    He's a good friend - I'm not particularly insulted. I think he was thinking that there are secrets to saving money and I was going to let him in on one or two. The secret is that there is no secret.

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