Sunday 23 July 2017

"I deserve it"

I see that it is over a month since I last posted. Where did the time go!? Been super busy here. Not even been looking at other blogs and I'm months behind with my Civic Society paperwork too. No doubt I will catch up when/if the weather worsens and I am restricted to indoor tasks only.
While gathering my strength to attack the ironing mountain(any excuse to put it off) I have been watching "Right on the money" on the TV. As often happens I have been shouting at the TV again. Well at two "patients" that are struggling with money/debts/savings. What makes me shout? The statement "We/I deserve it"  The parents of four children who believe they deserve a weekend break without the children once a month! (they also have family holidays) and the woman who buys online for things she doesn't need but likes opening packages and she deserves it. At least the woman appeared to be able to afford her purchases, but the couple were overspending in several ways, such as lots of takeaways -"because we work hard"
While I believe that people should have treats, holidays, meals out etc where does this term "deserve it" come from? I also couldn't help wondering how their children felt about how their parents needing so many breaks from them! (David and I had two weekends away on our own in all the time our children lived with us and while enjoyable, we didn't NEED the break)
Am I being a grump? Too judgmental? Do some people work harder than others?
Neck on the line here again - what do you think folks?!
Back with a smallholdy/frugally/generally type post soon.
Off to catch up on some of my favourite blogs - have I missed anything?


  1. Thst is an excuse phrase for not being able to save that drives me annoyed. It's s choice sure, and I don't judge different spending priorities. I just don't sympathise when the mentality is used to complain or take advantage of someone's generosity so never reciprocate perks offered ny family and friends.

    1. I was once told by someone who was continually in debt that it was alright for me to save because I wasn't ambitious enough to want better!

  2. Agree 100% with you. Glad to see you posting again. Catriona

  3. Yes. You are being too judgmental. People should not be denied things they want just because they do not need them. There are far too many dried noodles and other worthy bits and pieces donated to food banks. Let them eat cake, like the rest of us. Get a grip on humanity once you and your loved ones are taken care of.

    1. Ooooh! I think people should be "denied" unnecessary (i.e not essential) things that they can't afford.
      I suspect (hope) a certain degree of irony here John.

  4. Hello! Waving madly from Suffolk!
    You are the second person to mention that programme which has completely passed me by. But it sounds as if watching it would make me cross too so I will keep on missing it. Too many things in the real world here to think about without watching twits on TV!

    1. Hiya Sue!
      Yes you would be cross watching it Sue, but I find it irresistible I always hope to learn something new that could help our,(in truth, healthy) budget.

  5. No, you are not a grump or judgmental. These people are simply stupid and selfish. Saying "I deserve it" (whatever 'it' is) is behaving in a very childish manner, next might come the stamping of feet as a two year old might demonstrate!
    What a shame such people are obsessed with breaks, holidays, packages, etc. It strikes me that they think that these things will make their lives better. The answer is that they won't. They will end up even more in debt (if they are in debt, that is).
    I don't agree with Tom here, it's OK to have something you don't need now and again, but only if you can afford it. And as for the food banks, whenever I shop in the supermarket, I buy something specially for the food bank container and no, I don't add noodles and 'worthy' bits. I add some luxuries, chocolate drinks, shampoo and conditioner (people need toiletries, too), and items specially for children. I would find it insulting if I had to use a food bank and all that was on offer was bargain basement stuff, it would be adding insult to injury. So I put things into it which I'd be happy to receive myself.
    It's high time that schools - if they don't already - taught basic budgeting and the perils of debt, i.e. the high interest charges, etc, and also the difference between good debt (mortgage) and bad debt (too many breaks, the latest must-have electronic gizmo.)
    Margaret P

    1. I totally agree about schools. When my children were young I used to volunteer at their school to lead art classes. Now I would love to do budget cookery, sewing, budgeting etc

  6. I truly believe it all goes back to advertising in the late 70s and early 80s.

    Remember the slogan "because you're worth it". Can't remember the product. I think it might have been shampoo.

    The thought has been dripping in through the media for decades.

    Consumerism at it's best.

    1. There certainly is s sense of entitlement amongst some folk, though I must say I know some lovely young people who work and save hard while having a good time with their many friends too.

  7. I think we all need a break some times. I haven't blogged for 3 months and feel better for it.

    1. I'm not sure that I feel better, more guilty, though I couldn't really say why!

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