+1 for using and enjoying the expensive wine glasses….but not replacing them if they break.
I save money by drinking wine out of a Yahtzee tumbler from the thrift store.
Our wine/whiskey/juice glasses are repurposed Mole jars, Dona Maria brand, 8.25 ounce size. Seriously, they are sturdy, lovely little glasses, and we like mole, so as far as I am concerned they are free.
My personal mustachian people problem is judgementalism. Me being judgemental of almost everyone I see around me, because poor people, who come from poor people, don't seem to have an idea that things could be different, and they could make different choices. Unlike most of you, I am poor, and live in an extremely poor area, and we have different mindset problems than your neighbors/coworkers. We don't buy into having to have princess cakes, and timeshares. No, when our monthly income arrives, we blow it on cigarettes, frozen pizza, and running our pickup trucks all over creation. Then for 2 1/2 weeks we beg off of one another. And complain.
I come across as strange because I am not surprised when car insurance or property taxes are due, and don't get locked into the mindset of things have always been this way, so it is the right way to be. Seriously, if hamburger is more expensive than roast this week, then plan your meals around roast, don't insist on hamburger and then complain about the price...
This lack of empathy does not effect my friends, neighbors, coworkers, only me, so it is my people problem. I have simply started hiding my stability (not wealth, I promise) in order to fend off the begging, but that gets pretty isolating. I find I can't be happy when someone is expecting, because I know she can't afford to raise it. I can't be happy when 2 people are getting married, because I know one of them is only looking to be taken care of and has no intention of growing up and learning to be a true supportive partner.
Again, these are things I know, not assumptions, but it is causing a guardedness, a jadedness, a lack of joy and optimism in my day to day encounters. I just put my head down, keep going to work, and keep planning for the future. I have such a fantastic relationship with my husband, but a lack social connection to anyone else here. Sometimes I really wish I were not such a misfit, but I would not choose to be what I see around me, not for anything. One day, maybe I can conquer the judgement.
Sorry this is not 'fun'.