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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2700 on: March 13, 2017, 07:08:05 AM »
I just learned this this weekend after a visit from my SIL and I had to share. She's 23 and never has any money. My husband has loaned her money on more than a few occasions, and while it eventually gets paid back, it's over time.  My parents-in-law are also not in a great spot right now but are much better off than they were a year or so ago.  SIL still lives with parents, is finishing up community college before going 45 minutes away to school where she's going to live on campus and not work while going to school.  SIL also has all sorts of health issues that apparently interfere with her ability to go to school/work sometimes.  I know she has a ridiculous car payment but I'm not sure what other bills she pays.

She was injured at work maybe a year or so ago and is about to get a Worker's Comp settlement for the injury.  It's not a huge amount of money but it's likely more than she's ever made in a year.  First thing she's going to do is take a (very expensive) vacation. 

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« Reply #2701 on: March 20, 2017, 11:24:51 AM »
This isn't terribly "shame and comedy", just frustration.

My MIL, who is very well-meaning and loves to take care of people with food and new things, came up to visit recently.  We now have:

1) A pool noodle to go over the side of our tub so our toddler doesn't hurt himself on the rail for the glass door - this is already not staying where it is supposed to be because it doesn't fit right.
2) A completely superfluous, semi-reusable "tupperware" fancy casserole dish for leftovers for a meal she brought up, so she could divide it between us and SIL - we both own plenty of actual tupperware, she did not need to purchase her own new stuff to bring.
3) A dixie-cup dispenser for our guest bathroom
4) Dixie cups
5) Purple bubbles for toddler, which will DEFINITELY only be used outside.
6) A digital antenna for our TV (we just cancelled cable), which would be pretty cool if it actually worked :(

We also almost ended up with a fancy balloon windmobile thingy for over toddler's crib, but we convinced her to take it home with her, because he'd just pull it down or hurt himself trying to get to it.

I just wish she'd save her money for herself, or for things we actually want, instead of buying a bunch of little things that seem cool but just end up as clutter or being discarded.  I know she's just buying things because she loves us, but man I hate dixie cups.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2702 on: March 20, 2017, 11:51:41 AM »
Lets everyone rejoice for a brief moment: mtn's inlaws (MIL, AIL, GMIL, UIL, UIL--Mother, Aunt, Grandma, Uncle, Uncle in law) have decided to sell their collectively owned vacation home!

This means that, assuming it actually does sell (and I have a feeling they think it is worth a lot more than it really is, so it may never actually sell) we (my wife and I) don't have to deal with maintaining a home that I don't like as a 1/12 to 1/6 owner, depending on when/what order the current owners end up dying, with between 3 and 6 other owners.

(My wife would have the stake, not me)

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« Reply #2703 on: March 20, 2017, 01:42:31 PM »
This isn't terribly "shame and comedy", just frustration.

My MIL, who is very well-meaning and loves to take care of people with food and new things, came up to visit recently.  We now have:

1) A pool noodle to go over the side of our tub so our toddler doesn't hurt himself on the rail for the glass door - this is already not staying where it is supposed to be because it doesn't fit right.
2) A completely superfluous, semi-reusable "tupperware" fancy casserole dish for leftovers for a meal she brought up, so she could divide it between us and SIL - we both own plenty of actual tupperware, she did not need to purchase her own new stuff to bring.
3) A dixie-cup dispenser for our guest bathroom
4) Dixie cups
5) Purple bubbles for toddler, which will DEFINITELY only be used outside.
6) A digital antenna for our TV (we just cancelled cable), which would be pretty cool if it actually worked :(

We also almost ended up with a fancy balloon windmobile thingy for over toddler's crib, but we convinced her to take it home with her, because he'd just pull it down or hurt himself trying to get to it.

I just wish she'd save her money for herself, or for things we actually want, instead of buying a bunch of little things that seem cool but just end up as clutter or being discarded.  I know she's just buying things because she loves us, but man I hate dixie cups.
Man,  the dixie cups would be gone from my home within 24 hours.   Much better to just buy some of those half size water bottles from costo (or wherever) to have on hand when she comes over...  I hate disposable water bottles, too, but not nearly as much as dixie cups...

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2704 on: March 20, 2017, 05:23:36 PM »
Lets everyone rejoice for a brief moment: mtn's inlaws (MIL, AIL, GMIL, UIL, UIL--Mother, Aunt, Grandma, Uncle, Uncle in law) have decided to sell their collectively owned vacation home!

Hurray!

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« Reply #2705 on: March 20, 2017, 11:17:08 PM »
This isn't terribly "shame and comedy", just frustration.

My MIL, who is very well-meaning and loves to take care of people with food and new things, came up to visit recently.  We now have:

1) A pool noodle to go over the side of our tub so our toddler doesn't hurt himself on the rail for the glass door - this is already not staying where it is supposed to be because it doesn't fit right.
2) A completely superfluous, semi-reusable "tupperware" fancy casserole dish for leftovers for a meal she brought up, so she could divide it between us and SIL - we both own plenty of actual tupperware, she did not need to purchase her own new stuff to bring.
3) A dixie-cup dispenser for our guest bathroom
4) Dixie cups
5) Purple bubbles for toddler, which will DEFINITELY only be used outside.
6) A digital antenna for our TV (we just cancelled cable), which would be pretty cool if it actually worked :(

We also almost ended up with a fancy balloon windmobile thingy for over toddler's crib, but we convinced her to take it home with her, because he'd just pull it down or hurt himself trying to get to it.

I just wish she'd save her money for herself, or for things we actually want, instead of buying a bunch of little things that seem cool but just end up as clutter or being discarded.  I know she's just buying things because she loves us, but man I hate dixie cups.
Man,  the dixie cups would be gone from my home within 24 hours.   Much better to just buy some of those half size water bottles from costo (or wherever) to have on hand when she comes over...  I hate disposable water bottles, too, but not nearly as much as dixie cups...

Dixie cups are useful for throwing gasoline onto burn piles.  Just pour the gasoline into the Dixie cup, and throw the cup onto the burn pile.  Makes big fire for a few seconds.  Most effective for getting rid of Dixie cups if the pile starts off a bit wet and you have to keep throwing gasoline-filled Dixie cups on the fire.

If the burn pile is dry, just pile the Dixie cups up under the wood and light them.  Also an effective way to get rid of Dixie cups, but not as much fun as the gasoline version.

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« Reply #2706 on: March 21, 2017, 01:50:12 AM »
This isn't terribly "shame and comedy", just frustration.

My MIL, who is very well-meaning and loves to take care of people with food and new things, came up to visit recently.  We now have:

1) A pool noodle to go over the side of our tub so our toddler doesn't hurt himself on the rail for the glass door - this is already not staying where it is supposed to be because it doesn't fit right.
2) A completely superfluous, semi-reusable "tupperware" fancy casserole dish for leftovers for a meal she brought up, so she could divide it between us and SIL - we both own plenty of actual tupperware, she did not need to purchase her own new stuff to bring.
3) A dixie-cup dispenser for our guest bathroom
4) Dixie cups
5) Purple bubbles for toddler, which will DEFINITELY only be used outside.
6) A digital antenna for our TV (we just cancelled cable), which would be pretty cool if it actually worked :(

We also almost ended up with a fancy balloon windmobile thingy for over toddler's crib, but we convinced her to take it home with her, because he'd just pull it down or hurt himself trying to get to it.

I just wish she'd save her money for herself, or for things we actually want, instead of buying a bunch of little things that seem cool but just end up as clutter or being discarded.  I know she's just buying things because she loves us, but man I hate dixie cups.
Man,  the dixie cups would be gone from my home within 24 hours.   Much better to just buy some of those half size water bottles from costo (or wherever) to have on hand when she comes over...  I hate disposable water bottles, too, but not nearly as much as dixie cups...

+1

I'd flip my shit if someone bought me unnecessary crap to clutter up my bathroom.

I had to have a couple of increasingly forceful conversations with my mother-in-law when she was determined to buy storage baskets for my bathroom. I won.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2707 on: March 21, 2017, 06:59:07 AM »
MIL has a ridiculous obsession with buying my SIL and my daughter the yearly holiday Barbie. SIL must have about 30 of these dolls, still in boxes. We visited over the weekend and MIL is saying "I've got to make time to do an inventory of THE DOLLS. I've been told I need an inventory list for insurance in case anything happens to THE DOLLS. They're very valuable you know..."

Thankfully my daughter only has 4-5 of these, and always says "oh great, another Barbie that I can't even play with"...

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2708 on: March 21, 2017, 07:34:42 AM »
Most collectible Barbies thanks to Mattel overproducing them a few years back aren't worth anything.  Both you and your daughter are right.  I used to collect them and have gotten rid of most of them now donating all but a truly few collectible because their value isn't worth much above a regular Barbie.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2709 on: March 21, 2017, 07:56:07 AM »
Those small dixie cups are great for mixing epoxy, using as a glue cup, small amounts of paint, soaking small parts in cleaner.  I don't ever recall actually using them outside of the shop though. 
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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2710 on: March 21, 2017, 09:44:40 AM »
Most collectible Barbies thanks to Mattel overproducing them a few years back aren't worth anything.  Both you and your daughter are right.  I used to collect them and have gotten rid of most of them now donating all but a truly few collectible because their value isn't worth much above a regular Barbie.

Exactly onehair, I donated all of mine after checking values online. MIL thinks they are some type of heirloom/investment instead of the creepy dust collectors that they really are!!

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2711 on: March 21, 2017, 10:31:44 AM »
I have a few boxes in the back of a closet that I think of as my "get rid of when Mom dies" boxes. Yes, I'm morbid, but it helps me not pull my hair out that I can't get rid of them now without causing needless drama.

My mother is in very good health and should live another 30+ years.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2712 on: March 21, 2017, 11:23:53 AM »
Thankfully my daughter only has 4-5 of these, and always says "oh great, another Barbie that I can't even play with"...

I'd just let her play with them.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2713 on: March 21, 2017, 03:06:46 PM »
Gifts like that fall in the category "I think this should live in your house, mum. Or maybe the summer house? It is much safer than having it in our house, and it is so much fun for the kids to have something they can look forward to seeing or playing with when they visit you. You know, that special grandparent toy they will always remember."
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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2714 on: March 21, 2017, 09:15:12 PM »
My co-worker's retired parents just traded up their perfectly nice 2013 vehicle for another 2013 vehicle, except this one is "fully loaded".    Co-worker:   "Well, it's spring.    Gotta buy SOMETHING."

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« Reply #2715 on: March 22, 2017, 05:17:04 AM »
My co-worker's retired parents just traded up their perfectly nice 2013 vehicle for another 2013 vehicle, except this one is "fully loaded".    Co-worker:   "Well, it's spring.    Gotta buy SOMETHING."

Crap. Then I guess next spring, I need to replace my 2014 vehicle, which is now one payment away from payoff. (No facepunches, please...it replaced a 13 year old car, and I took the financing only because it was 0%, so why the hell not?)

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2716 on: March 22, 2017, 06:31:42 AM »
Do what one of my coworkers did - replace a two year old car (purchased new) with the same car in a different color (purchased new). Keeps the economy rolling for the rest of us...

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2717 on: March 22, 2017, 08:02:21 AM »
My co-worker's retired parents just traded up their perfectly nice 2013 vehicle for another 2013 vehicle, except this one is "fully loaded".    Co-worker:   "Well, it's spring.    Gotta buy SOMETHING."

Baaaaahahaha. Gotta spend that money before the expiration date, you don't want it to go bad! Good thing there's nothing else you can possibly do with money besides spend it. That makes the decision easy!
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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2718 on: March 22, 2017, 11:36:54 AM »
My co-worker's retired parents just traded up their perfectly nice 2013 vehicle for another 2013 vehicle, except this one is "fully loaded".    Co-worker:   "Well, it's spring.    Gotta buy SOMETHING."

Huh, and here I thought Christmas was the time of year you were supposed to spend money!

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2719 on: March 22, 2017, 12:00:10 PM »
My co-worker's retired parents just traded up their perfectly nice 2013 vehicle for another 2013 vehicle, except this one is "fully loaded".    Co-worker:   "Well, it's spring.    Gotta buy SOMETHING."

Huh, and here I thought Christmas was the time of year you were supposed to spend money!
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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2720 on: March 22, 2017, 12:02:05 PM »
My co-worker's retired parents just traded up their perfectly nice 2013 vehicle for another 2013 vehicle, except this one is "fully loaded".    Co-worker:   "Well, it's spring.    Gotta buy SOMETHING."

Huh, and here I thought Christmas was the time of year you were supposed to spend money!
Last week a coworker asked me if I had started my Easter shopping yet. My response: I don't understand the question. 

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2721 on: March 22, 2017, 12:10:35 PM »
We were talking about our expenses and my father-in-law commented that he could have retired years ago if they could get their annual spending down to $30k. He "gets it", but he keeps working because of my [retired] mother-in-law's spending habits. Their ~4,000 sq ft house is stuffed full of useless decorative items. I don't envy their eventual move. She tells us about all the different restaurants in their city that are "to die for". Every problem needs a solution and most her solutions involve buying things. She's always trying to gift us more stuff. It's great that she is so generous, but it's one of the reasons my father-in-law has to drive a commute he hates to go to a job he hates every day.

Compared to a lot of people my in-laws are not that bad. Their house is paid off and they have significant investment assets + pension + social security. I just wish he would retire already...

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2722 on: March 22, 2017, 01:28:48 PM »
Last week a coworker asked me if I had started my Easter shopping yet. My response: I don't understand the question.

I really don't understand the question, either!  I don't think that's normal for even the average consumer. 

I mean, I do indulge in Easter candy.  I suppose my family used to have a Sunday lunch on Easter, so maybe buying ham and other food stuffs for a big meal?  My parents made a one-time purchase of Easter baskets that we re-used every year.  We had those plastic eggs, but re-used those too (they might have replaced some occasionally).

What's "Easter shopping"?!?

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2723 on: March 22, 2017, 01:34:52 PM »
You reused a basket? Yuk. And no buying those personalised Easter cards for every person in your life just in case they don't understand the relationship (Happy Easter Mother; Happy Easter Girlfriend; Happy Easter Daughter)? That's before we even get to buying each family member's body weight in chocolate.

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« Reply #2724 on: March 22, 2017, 01:39:07 PM »
As a growing boy, it was not uncommon to get 2 pairs of shoes per year and 2 "nice" outfits (button down shirt, new pants). 1 before school starts in September, and 1 right before Easter. Fresh for first day of school and for Easter church festivities...

Maybe that's what this person means? New outfits for the family as a routine around that time of year?

Just being a devil's advocate.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2725 on: March 22, 2017, 02:44:50 PM »
My co-worker's retired parents just traded up their perfectly nice 2013 vehicle for another 2013 vehicle, except this one is "fully loaded".    Co-worker:   "Well, it's spring.    Gotta buy SOMETHING."

Huh, and here I thought Christmas was the time of year you were supposed to spend money!
Last week a coworker asked me if I had started my Easter shopping yet. My response: I don't understand the question.
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« Reply #2726 on: March 22, 2017, 02:57:25 PM »
My Easter shopping starts the day after Easter. Mmmm Reese's Eggs.

These are God's gift to Easter.   (Wait...they are, aren't they?)

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« Reply #2727 on: March 22, 2017, 03:05:25 PM »
You reused a basket? Yuk.

Wait.  What? 

Yeah.  We re-used the woven Easter egg baskets for egg hunts.  The candy, of course, was long since eaten.

What did you think I meant? 

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« Reply #2728 on: March 22, 2017, 03:25:15 PM »
Hoarding is an illness and really sad.  My wonderful MIL had this and when she died unexpectedly we had to get rid of stuff, etc.  That is usually what happens unless it is so bad the property gets condemned. Hers was not that bad so we were able to sell it once it was cleaned up.   Even if you emptied a home unless the underlying disorder is treated then they would just fill it back up.

We just lost two elderly residents of a nearby city. They called in to report an unidentifiable smell of smoke on the second floor of the home. The fire crews arrived promptly, but the place was an unnavigable hoarding disaster, and too full of smoke from the smoldering contents to find anybody inside. By the time the firefighters located the two victims, it was too late.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2729 on: March 22, 2017, 03:50:00 PM »
You reused a basket? Yuk. And no buying those personalised Easter cards for every person in your life just in case they don't understand the relationship (Happy Easter Mother; Happy Easter Girlfriend; Happy Easter Daughter)? That's before we even get to buying each family member's body weight in chocolate.

And make sure your baskets, cards and candy are the right brands...

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2730 on: March 22, 2017, 03:53:00 PM »
I'm heading to my local British candy store for some half-price Easter eggs on April 17th.


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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2731 on: March 22, 2017, 08:06:54 PM »
My co-worker's retired parents just traded up their perfectly nice 2013 vehicle for another 2013 vehicle, except this one is "fully loaded".    Co-worker:   "Well, it's spring.    Gotta buy SOMETHING."

Huh, and here I thought Christmas was the time of year you were supposed to spend money!
Last week a coworker asked me if I had started my Easter shopping yet. My response: I don't understand the question.

Last year, maybe the year prior, my daughter asked me how much she was getting for Easter.....I looked at her dumbfounded and explained that Easter is not a present giving holiday. Easter is the only holiday I observe. Apparently it is quite common for people to go shopping and buy presents and toys on top of the chocolate.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2732 on: March 22, 2017, 10:59:30 PM »
I don't like giving my kids tons of candy and they never eat half of it anyways so i try to get them something they will need.  For Easter this year it's swim suits, flip flops and beach towels... and a thing of egg shaped sidewalk chalk.  Throw in a couple of chocolate bunnies and I'm calling it good.  Two birds, one stone! 

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« Reply #2733 on: March 23, 2017, 01:56:40 AM »
You reused a basket? Yuk.
Wait.  What? 
Yeah.  We re-used the woven Easter egg baskets for egg hunts.  The candy, of course, was long since eaten.
What did you think I meant?

Sorry, sarcasm, British, genetic condition.

You are not yucky, you are great. People going shopping-crazy due to Easter marketing with money they don't have are the problem.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2734 on: March 23, 2017, 02:28:11 AM »
You reused a basket? Yuk.
Wait.  What? 
Yeah.  We re-used the woven Easter egg baskets for egg hunts.  The candy, of course, was long since eaten.
What did you think I meant?

Sorry, sarcasm, British, genetic condition.

You are not yucky, you are great. People going shopping-crazy due to Easter marketing with money they don't have are the problem.

No, my bad!  I hadn't gotten much sleep.   I re-read your post and it your true intent seemed much more obvious to me now. But on the bright side I learned how to post pictures!

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« Reply #2735 on: March 23, 2017, 08:27:40 AM »
Speaking of Easter humor, twisted or other, I just asked my 25 YO daughter if she remembered the case of the relabeled Easter baskets? Apparently, it wasn't permanently traumatic, since she had forgotten. Many moons ago, our 6&8 YO children bound down the staircase at crack of dawn on Easter Sunday. They made a beeline toward two baskets. The labels on the baskets had "John" and "Mary" vigorously crossed out, with our kid's names written under. My son asked why? I told him that the Easter bunny has very strict requirements for children's behavior, and obviously, John and Mary were bad enough to lose their baskets. My son was slack jawed and pie eyed. My wife wasn't impressed. She was teaching older elementary schoolers at the time, and most of her female colleagues were horrified. I recommended that they have a group therapy session devoted to getting their panties unbunched. It still makes me smile, and my daughter now thinks it's pretty funny.

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« Reply #2736 on: March 23, 2017, 12:16:27 PM »
Speaking of easter trauma, one year my mother had a friend over for dinner, which was rabbit.  As we were eating, the guest leans over to (child) me, and says "maybe it's the easter bunny".

Try and guess about how well that went down.

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« Reply #2737 on: March 23, 2017, 02:48:27 PM »
My Easter shopping starts the day after Easter. Mmmm Reese's Eggs.
Heck yes! Day after shopping is the only shopping I enjoy... 75% off chocolate everything, mmmm mmmm. Did you know they have Twix chocolate eggs now? TWIX?! I fkin love Twix :D

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« Reply #2738 on: March 23, 2017, 03:57:08 PM »
My co-worker's retired parents just traded up their perfectly nice 2013 vehicle for another 2013 vehicle, except this one is "fully loaded".    Co-worker:   "Well, it's spring.    Gotta buy SOMETHING."

Huh, and here I thought Christmas was the time of year you were supposed to spend money!
Last week a coworker asked me if I had started my Easter shopping yet. My response: I don't understand the question.

Last year, maybe the year prior, my daughter asked me how much she was getting for Easter.....I looked at her dumbfounded and explained that Easter is not a present giving holiday. Easter is the only holiday I observe. Apparently it is quite common for people to go shopping and buy presents and toys on top of the chocolate.

I am so fed up of "present-giving" holidays. But it is so hard to get out of them completely. Obviously in December it was Christmas, then my mother's birthday is in February, and now it's Mother's Day on Sunday. WTF am I supposed to get her that she could possibly want that she doesn't already have? Rinse and repeat for the next thirty years. That's ninety shitty future presents I have to buy. But my mother will care if I don't get her anything and she will remember and be hurt if I buy her the same thing every year. I try to buy consumables so they won't add to the drifts of crap in the house already, but at some point about five years ago I ran out of ideas and of fuck-giving-ness. I have giving presents, I hate getting presents, I hate the whole idea of presents. It's not a present if it's for a "present-giving holiday", it's just a piece of obligatory crap. It's not thoughtful, no matter what it is. You bought it because you have to buy something because that time of the calendar has rolled around again. The exchange of material goods at set times is a fucking ridiculous thing to do in this day and age, and it drives me ballistic that it's accelerating. Valentines day chocolates for teachers, wedding registries for people who already have two adult households to merge, "Here, have a present every year because you gave birth to me one time". And especially the idea of "Here, have some piece of crap that you don't want (because if you did you'd have bought it yourself) but you'll have to keep forever because for some reason getting rid of it will symbolise getting rid of our relationship, much as me going out and spending twenty quid on this thing and a piece of folded card to go with it symbolises the fact that I care about you - but just saying that would apparently not be caring enough so I have to divest myself of money to burden you with this piece of crap too".

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2739 on: March 24, 2017, 01:47:38 AM »

I am so fed up of "present-giving" holidays. But it is so hard to get out of them completely. Obviously in December it was Christmas, then my mother's birthday is in February, and now it's Mother's Day on Sunday. WTF am I supposed to get her that she could possibly want that she doesn't already have? Rinse and repeat for the next thirty years. That's ninety shitty future presents I have to buy. But my mother will care if I don't get her anything and she will remember and be hurt if I buy her the same thing every year. I try to buy consumables so they won't add to the drifts of crap in the house already, but at some point about five years ago I ran out of ideas and of fuck-giving-ness. I have giving presents, I hate getting presents, I hate the whole idea of presents. It's not a present if it's for a "present-giving holiday", it's just a piece of obligatory crap. It's not thoughtful, no matter what it is. You bought it because you have to buy something because that time of the calendar has rolled around again. The exchange of material goods at set times is a fucking ridiculous thing to do in this day and age, and it drives me ballistic that it's accelerating. Valentines day chocolates for teachers, wedding registries for people who already have two adult households to merge, "Here, have a present every year because you gave birth to me one time". And especially the idea of "Here, have some piece of crap that you don't want (because if you did you'd have bought it yourself) but you'll have to keep forever because for some reason getting rid of it will symbolise getting rid of our relationship, much as me going out and spending twenty quid on this thing and a piece of folded card to go with it symbolises the fact that I care about you - but just saying that would apparently not be caring enough so I have to divest myself of money to burden you with this piece of crap too".

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Most years I send my mother a nice flower bouquet. As a live in another country, I order it only and have it delivered at her house. She seems to appreciate this. At least the flowers are nice to look at, but won't fill up her house in the long run.

I personally prefer to receive things like a Kindle book or a bottle of wine. Those are items that will be appreciated and consumed and don't add up as clutter in the house. Not all my friends and family have understood this, though, and still give me stuff that I don't need. Especially my FIL who likes to give me paper books, while I have asked him several times to give me Kindle books instead.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2740 on: March 24, 2017, 04:39:54 AM »
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"Here, have a present every year because you gave birth to me one time". And especially the idea of "Here, have some piece of crap that you don't want (because if you did you'd have bought it yourself) but you'll have to keep forever because for some reason getting rid of it will symbolise getting rid of our relationship, much as me going out and spending twenty quid on this thing and a piece of folded card to go with it symbolises the fact that I care about you - but just saying that would apparently not be caring enough so I have to divest myself of money to burden you with this piece of crap too".
I have two cards from my sons, one from 15 years ago, the other from about 10 years ago. I've kept them because that's all I've got that expresses any sort of sentiment from them. I'm not a useless gift sort of person and I have every material thing I need, but a bit of vocally expressed care would be much appreciated, and if they can't do that, a card would be a nice second.

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« Reply #2741 on: March 24, 2017, 09:00:00 AM »
I am so fed up of "present-giving" holidays. But it is so hard to get out of them completely. Obviously in December it was Christmas, then my mother's birthday is in February, and now it's Mother's Day on Sunday. WTF am I supposed to get her that she could possibly want that she doesn't already have? Rinse and repeat for the next thirty years. That's ninety shitty future presents I have to buy. But my mother will care if I don't get her anything and she will remember and be hurt if I buy her the same thing every year. I try to buy consumables so they won't add to the drifts of crap in the house already, but at some point about five years ago I ran out of ideas and of fuck-giving-ness. I have giving presents, I hate getting presents, I hate the whole idea of presents. It's not a present if it's for a "present-giving holiday", it's just a piece of obligatory crap. It's not thoughtful, no matter what it is. You bought it because you have to buy something because that time of the calendar has rolled around again. The exchange of material goods at set times is a fucking ridiculous thing to do in this day and age, and it drives me ballistic that it's accelerating. Valentines day chocolates for teachers, wedding registries for people who already have two adult households to merge, "Here, have a present every year because you gave birth to me one time". And especially the idea of "Here, have some piece of crap that you don't want (because if you did you'd have bought it yourself) but you'll have to keep forever because for some reason getting rid of it will symbolise getting rid of our relationship, much as me going out and spending twenty quid on this thing and a piece of folded card to go with it symbolises the fact that I care about you - but just saying that would apparently not be caring enough so I have to divest myself of money to burden you with this piece of crap too".

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2742 on: March 24, 2017, 10:57:10 AM »
Oh, gawd, the push for 'easter baskets', filled with tiny crappy toys that you just KNOW have sharp corners and are going to stay on the floor and be stepped on by parents at 1am, no doubt (*grumble, grumble*)

No. Nonono. No.

I think we might wind up spending 50$ total for Easter this year... 10$ for chocolate eggs for a property-wide egg hunt for the kids, 10$ for decorating supplies (aka: mostly craft supplies for the kids to have fun with in the prior month... garlands? Tissue paper eggs hung in the windows like stained glass? Bring it on, sure, have fun!), and ingredients for an extended family brunch. It's what we did last year, it was super fun, everyone loved it, and no one had to actually keep or store anything afterwards.

This whole 'turn every holiday into a present-giving holiday' thing is nonsense. I don't WANT my kids receiving 10$ items to forget to put away every few weeks. High-quality open-the-imagination toys at Christmas and birthdays, sure, but not 15 different things every year! (That said, if you give my kids clutter, at least give me wine so I can deal with it appropriately! ;) )

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« Reply #2743 on: March 24, 2017, 12:56:43 PM »
Speaking of Easter humor, twisted or other, I just asked my 25 YO daughter if she remembered the case of the relabeled Easter baskets? Apparently, it wasn't permanently traumatic, since she had forgotten. Many moons ago, our 6&8 YO children bound down the staircase at crack of dawn on Easter Sunday. They made a beeline toward two baskets. The labels on the baskets had "John" and "Mary" vigorously crossed out, with our kid's names written under. My son asked why? I told him that the Easter bunny has very strict requirements for children's behavior, and obviously, John and Mary were bad enough to lose their baskets. My son was slack jawed and pie eyed. My wife wasn't impressed. She was teaching older elementary schoolers at the time, and most of her female colleagues were horrified. I recommended that they have a group therapy session devoted to getting their panties unbunched. It still makes me smile, and my daughter now thinks it's pretty funny.

I just cackled. I love this!

One of my uncles introduced the concept of Repo Elves when I was a kid; if you were rotten in the week(s) following Christmas, they'd take your gifts back. I still think this is brilliant on his part.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2744 on: March 24, 2017, 01:04:05 PM »
Speaking of Easter humor, twisted or other, I just asked my 25 YO daughter if she remembered the case of the relabeled Easter baskets? Apparently, it wasn't permanently traumatic, since she had forgotten. Many moons ago, our 6&8 YO children bound down the staircase at crack of dawn on Easter Sunday. They made a beeline toward two baskets. The labels on the baskets had "John" and "Mary" vigorously crossed out, with our kid's names written under. My son asked why? I told him that the Easter bunny has very strict requirements for children's behavior, and obviously, John and Mary were bad enough to lose their baskets. My son was slack jawed and pie eyed. My wife wasn't impressed. She was teaching older elementary schoolers at the time, and most of her female colleagues were horrified. I recommended that they have a group therapy session devoted to getting their panties unbunched. It still makes me smile, and my daughter now thinks it's pretty funny.

I just cackled. I love this!

One of my uncles introduced the concept of Repo Elves when I was a kid; if you were rotten in the week(s) following Christmas, they'd take your gifts back. I still think this is brilliant on his part.

With the Elf on the Shelf providing surveillance?
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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #2745 on: March 24, 2017, 01:19:18 PM »
Speaking of Easter humor, twisted or other, I just asked my 25 YO daughter if she remembered the case of the relabeled Easter baskets? Apparently, it wasn't permanently traumatic, since she had forgotten. Many moons ago, our 6&8 YO children bound down the staircase at crack of dawn on Easter Sunday. They made a beeline toward two baskets. The labels on the baskets had "John" and "Mary" vigorously crossed out, with our kid's names written under. My son asked why? I told him that the Easter bunny has very strict requirements for children's behavior, and obviously, John and Mary were bad enough to lose their baskets. My son was slack jawed and pie eyed. My wife wasn't impressed. She was teaching older elementary schoolers at the time, and most of her female colleagues were horrified. I recommended that they have a group therapy session devoted to getting their panties unbunched. It still makes me smile, and my daughter now thinks it's pretty funny.

I just cackled. I love this!

One of my uncles introduced the concept of Repo Elves when I was a kid; if you were rotten in the week(s) following Christmas, they'd take your gifts back. I still think this is brilliant on his part.

With the Elf on the Shelf providing surveillance?

Ha! I forgot about the Elf on the Shelf.  He'd totally help the Repo Elves know when to come take the toys back, I'm sure. Wait, is he even around after Christmas? I don't know how he's supposed to work; I just see ridiculous photos posted by friends on social media around the holidays.

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« Reply #2746 on: March 27, 2017, 06:57:39 AM »
And frankly: my parents habit of completely and utterly disregarding any boundaries or necessary respect for people who are financially dependant on them is why I, at 22, made the choice to live on 20$/week of groceries, and put THAT on a credit card and pay credit card interest rates for 6 months until I could afford it, rather than ask my parents (who were bringing in a half-million a year) for a few hundred dollars to get me through. Sometimes, 20% interest is cheaper than the bullshit you'll have to swallow if you don't pay it. I love my parents, but man, never again will I be in that position.

I have also learned in my early 20s that it's cheaper to pay for a cash advance on a credit card than to deal with the bs from my parents. An excellent lesson.

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« Reply #2747 on: March 27, 2017, 08:23:49 AM »
And frankly: my parents habit of completely and utterly disregarding any boundaries or necessary respect for people who are financially dependant on them is why I, at 22, made the choice to live on 20$/week of groceries, and put THAT on a credit card and pay credit card interest rates for 6 months until I could afford it, rather than ask my parents (who were bringing in a half-million a year) for a few hundred dollars to get me through. Sometimes, 20% interest is cheaper than the bullshit you'll have to swallow if you don't pay it. I love my parents, but man, never again will I be in that position.

I have also learned in my early 20s that it's cheaper to pay for a cash advance on a credit card than to deal with the bs from my parents. An excellent lesson.

Absolutely. Avoid hearing about a tiny loan for the next 20 years! I can get enough of the "alternative family history" in casual conversation. Also don't need anyone going around telling folks we had hit a tough patch and needed any help. 
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« Reply #2748 on: March 27, 2017, 03:23:04 PM »
Now that we are older we buy ourselves something if we want it. Our kids give us gift cards to restaurants, movies etc which is very nice. I used to do the same for my Mom or send her good chocolate or flowers. NOthing accumulates and we can enjoy the goodies or experiences.  For Easter I always bought my kids good quality chocolate and not a ton of it and then a small gift of something they wanted which was not junk.

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« Reply #2749 on: March 27, 2017, 05:03:13 PM »
I am so fed up of "present-giving" holidays. But it is so hard to get out of them completely. Obviously in December it was Christmas, then my mother's birthday is in February, and now it's Mother's Day on Sunday. WTF am I supposed to get her that she could possibly want that she doesn't already have? Rinse and repeat for the next thirty years. That's ninety shitty future presents I have to buy. But my mother will care if I don't get her anything and she will remember and be hurt if I buy her the same thing every year. I try to buy consumables so they won't add to the drifts of crap in the house already, but at some point about five years ago I ran out of ideas and of fuck-giving-ness. I have giving presents, I hate getting presents, I hate the whole idea of presents. It's not a present if it's for a "present-giving holiday", it's just a piece of obligatory crap. It's not thoughtful, no matter what it is. You bought it because you have to buy something because that time of the calendar has rolled around again. The exchange of material goods at set times is a fucking ridiculous thing to do in this day and age, and it drives me ballistic that it's accelerating. Valentines day chocolates for teachers, wedding registries for people who already have two adult households to merge, "Here, have a present every year because you gave birth to me one time". And especially the idea of "Here, have some piece of crap that you don't want (because if you did you'd have bought it yourself) but you'll have to keep forever because for some reason getting rid of it will symbolise getting rid of our relationship, much as me going out and spending twenty quid on this thing and a piece of folded card to go with it symbolises the fact that I care about you - but just saying that would apparently not be caring enough so I have to divest myself of money to burden you with this piece of crap too".

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This is everything I hate about gift giving.

I thought I had finally convinced the spouse's family to go with consumables if they feel like they have to give something (chocolate, wine, etc. - can always use that!) but alas, it didn't stick.