I have a group of "friends" from my hometown (i.e., we were all great friends in middle school, haven't seen a whole lot of each other since) that I am now FB friends with. It alternately makes me want to feel smug and bang my head against the monitor. Examples:
Friend #1 posts about money problems at least 1x/month. Stuff like they've just been hit with a big car repair bill, or doctor's bill, or vet bill, and they don't know where they will get the money to pay for it. They recently took up indoor climbing, which will cost you at least $10/session, and are going weekly. This is on top of their gym membership, and all the skeeball they play, and their frequent weekend trips to the beach (where they stay in a hotel, she is totally not the camping type). Oh, and she seems to have girls nights out that involve meals, alcohol, etc. on a close to weekly basis.
Then, this is not exactly about stupid money decisions, but it really rubbed me the wrong way and I thought the MMM community might appreciate it. "Friend" #2 is always posting about how she loves being a "successful business owner". As far as I can tell, she is basically doing some kind of Mary Kay kind of deal, only it's weight loss pills/supplements rather than makeup. She lost a ton of weight a few years ago and totally credits these pills, although it was pretty clear that she ALSO started eating a lot healthier and exercising more (hmmmm, I wonder what *really* caused her weight loss). It's also pretty obvious from her posts that she is a fairly big spender: always getting new clothes, going out with the girls, taking frequent weekend trips, etc. Anyway. The other day I opened up my FB and saw she had sent me a message. It was all "oh, it's been so great to reconnect with you on FB, I love seeing photos of your garden", and then cut to the real point: "Recently, the marketing team I'm working with has started expanding again. Because of the fact that I know and trust you from HS, I was wondering if you knew anyone that was sharp and open minded to business & making some good money on a part time basis (5-15 hours/wk)? If you know of someone or even yourself, message me back and let me know and I will get you in touch with the right people."
This just seemed sooooooo skeezy to me. Like, yes, bitch, I am so hard up for cash that I want to become your ponzi scheme subordinate selling snake oil products to all my friends and acquaintances? Thanks, but NO THANKS. Here's a thought: stop spending your money on stupid shit and then you too could not have to exploit "friendships" in this manner.