I'm surrounded by anti-mustachian people, especially at work! I don't even know where to start. (I also have a friend outside of work who is awful at handling her personal finances..but I'll save that for another time.)
In my particular office at work, we make low salaries. We also live in NYC, so expenses are rather high. One of my co-workers is 29, turning 30 at the end of the year, and lives with her mom. There's nothing wrong with living with your parents, especially when you're super close, but one of the reasons she lives with her mom is that there is NO WAY she will ever have the money to move out. She buys breakfast and lunch out every day, and buys dinner out most nights. She refuses to cook because she hates cooking and will make tons of excuses for why she can't be bothered to cook. She has very little savings and actually dips into her savings so that she can pay for the expenses that come with being a bridesmaid. She has a huge makeup collection and buys more all the time, despite barely wearing any actual makeup to work. Most of her sentences about her day begin with, "So yesterday I bought [unnecessary item] with money that I don't have" or "I bought [unnecessary item], even though I can't afford it and shouldn't be spending any more money." So great, she's aware that she's broke. But she doesn't want to do anything about it.
A few weekends ago, she came in on Monday and complained about how she spent sooo much money on an expensive meal with her friends (includes a salad that cost over $20). Then lunchtime comes around and she says, "I'm going to go and get that expensive shrimp salad because I need to treat myself to something." And I just want to say, "Um...you treat yourself to something every day. That's the problem." She spends a lot of time at work surfing for new things to buy, more Nike shoes to add to her collection, more bathing suits because having more than 5 pairs already is just. not. enough. She asked me the other day if it's silly to buy a bathing suit that is too big for her and then get it taken in, because it is "only $8." I can't even. I have heard her say many times, "I have only $30 in my checking account so I need to use my credit card" or order an extra appetizer from the chinese take-out because they don't deliver for orders under $10.
She's also been out of undergrad for many years and is not even close to paying off her student loans. I finally paid off my student loans a month ago and the general response from my co-workers is, "Oh, that's so great, but there's no way I can do that."
Anyway, I just had to get this off my chest. Every day I come into work and hear more tales of how my co-workers throw their money away and then complain over and over about how they're sooo broke and life is so expensive. If only I can just press a mute button.