Are you trying to tell me not everyone wants to hear about living on a budget? Apparently they don’t. Since we started our financial upheaval five colleagues at work have talked money and budgets with me.
I offered all five of them Dave Ramsey’s DVDs to borrow and told them about his Total Money Makeover book.
Perhaps the response is not surprising. All but one returned the DVDs unwatched and that one only watched one of the disks. None bought the book.
“We just don’t have the time.”
Really. Are you freaking kidding me?
These were people who talked about money woes, mortage problems and were going into debt to do something that seemed “really important”… like building a deck.
Before you suggest I was heavy-handed or evangelical about it let me defend myself. I know what a turnoff a zealot can be. I truly think I was simply honest about our experience with the material and answered questions about how we’re changing our lives.
Perhaps the idea of living beneath one’s means, on paper, on purpose, seems too weird if you don’t discover the material on your own. Perhaps I am just wishing someone had shaken me awake earlier.
So I’ll be a little less quick to offer up the materials and nod & smile a little more. Part of me is disappointed, I think, to not be surrounded by people encouraging each other to climb out. Debt is a personal thing, I guess, and comes with it’s own baggage. Still…
“We just didn’t have the time.”
Wow. Bummer, dude.