"Customary" expenses??? Oh my.
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|Sun, 10-11-2009 - 4:48pm|
I was watching this week's Suze Orman Show and two questions really burned me up! (I'm a little emotional these days - I blame the baby.)
First, a 54yo man asked why was it that he had to pay for his daughter's wedding, even though it would set him back a few years for retirement.
Later, in the Can I Afford It segment, a woman said it's customary for a man to buy his wife a present when she has a baby. In her case, she wants an $800 pair of designer shoes!
Personally, I know a woman whose mother-in-law expects her son to buy her a diamond bracelet whenever he finally lands a good paying job. She says it's customary.
Please tell me, WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!!! Well, I guess that isn't my question...so, please tell me...
What do you think about "customary" expenses? Can you think of any others? And what would you do if someone came to you with a hand out for one of these "customary" gifts?