Something funny happens when people I know IRL find out about my blog.
For starters, they start asking me for money advice (which I love). But something else happens – they start to think I’m perfect with my money.
Of course, they don’t necessarily say those words exactly. But little statements here and there have stuck out to me.
I went on a shopping spree the other weekend. I probably shouldn’t tell you – you’re going to judge me!
I have so much debt… Ah, whatever. You probably don’t have to worry about that, right?
Nice watch! What happened to writing about frugality?
*for the record, that Michael Kors watch they were referring to was a birthday gift from my mom!*
Create a wedding budget? You know that’s the first thing Lisa did after getting engaged!
Okay, that last one is very true #noshameinmygame
Honestly, I don’t mind it when people come to me for advice or anything like that. But it does bug me when people assume that I have it all together just because I blog about money.
J. Money over at Budgets Are Sexy captured my sentiments exactly in his recent post Even Experts Need Help With Money. J. Money talks about how a fellow personal finance blogger – someone who writes about money – reached out to him to help him with his finances. You would think he didn’t need any help because he has a personal finance blog for goodness sake, but in fact, he does.
It brought to mind all the times I felt like people assumed I was perfect when it came to my money. But it’s simply not true!
I am still fighting a battle with my credit card debt.
I have almost no control when it comes to my shopping addiction.
My emergency fund isn’t as big as I’d like it to be.
My stuff continues to stress me out every day.
We’ve already had to rethink our wedding budget.
I am not perfect with my money. I update my net worth publicly every month, but I am not perfect with my money. I write about living frugally and learning to live with less, but I am not perfect with my money. I am obsessed with different budgeting techniques and debt payoff methods, but I am not perfect with my money.
I try not to judge anyone when it comes to their money. We’re all on our own journeys, even us bloggers who write about money day in and day out. Everyone needs help with their money, no matter where they are in life.
What are some ways you can improve your own finances?