New Overheard at Work (god, it seems like my job is a freakin GOLDMINE of these these days...)
Colleague, last week: "I have 3 kids under 5, of COURSE I need full-time daycare plus a nanny to help with drop-offs or pick them up and help cook dinner (neither she nor her husband cook), PLUS a cleaning lady who spends AT LEAST a day a week at the house! After all, my husband and I are both professionals, we can afford this, and it's absolutely worth it for quality of life!" (To be fair: she and her husband are probably making 120KCAD pre-tax, and daycare is heavily subsidized in Quebec, so ok, if you can afford it, that's your deal.)
Colleague, this week: "My accountant just did my taxes and we owe almost 5K! Our line of credit is maxed out, we have no savings, and my car needs major repairs! I don't know what I'm donna do!!"
Me: "... Maybe cut down on the household staff and learn to cook your own dinners and clean your own house? That'd loosen up a good 1K/month, no?"
Colleague: "Oh, no, I couldn't do that! The household help is too necessary!"
This, you guys, THIS is what happens when you try to live like an aristrocrat without the inherited money.