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Old 08-27-2015, 06:01 PM   #31
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Just tell 'em all that your last name is actually Jones, and they really should try to keep up with you.

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Old 08-27-2015, 06:14 PM   #32
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Sometimes they are just joking, and yes I made that joke to a neighbor driving his new Mercedes. WE live in a nice neighbourhood but no one is rich, a mercedes is for sure somehting we dont see often ...smile its a normal reaction I guess,

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So, we bought a new Ram 1500 truck and a TT in the past two weeks. I've had two different neighbors come over and say things like "wow did you guys win the lottery" or "we want your jobs". This bugs me. Has anyone else experienced this after making their new RV purchase?

It's not like we even paid full retail for these items, we got a great trade in for our existing truck (which didn't have the towing capacity we wanted). I negotiated really good prices on both items. In fact, they were about 30k together, which we financed. In the scheme of things, it's not a big deal, since it only amounts to $180 more in payments. We both work full time and budget our money carefully. At full retail, it looks like we have 56k worth of equipment in the driveway now, but that's not the real story.

I almost feel guilty - like I should apologize for having these "luxury items". Especially when people make comments like I mentioned above.

Does anyone else have this issue after making this kind of purchase? I feel like people think it's frivolous and extravagant and that there is judgement all over the place - even from family and certainly from neighbors.

I know I shouldn't care what others think, but I do.

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Old 08-27-2015, 06:42 PM   #33
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Something else that bothers me and is along the same vein:

Some of our friends think we "spend too much" on our "stuff". For example, when I buy something, I intend to KEEP it, so I buy the highest quality I can afford. I take care of it. I do the maintenance. I fix it when it's broken, and cry when it breaks. My belongings are not "commodities" to me.

Some of those friends who judge me for what I spend my money on don't take care of their belongings at all. It's just stuff to them to be replaced when they break it or wear it out, which happens faster because they don't take care of it. Oil changes get neglected, the cheapest tires get installed, things never get cleaned or washed, etc. And it's big stuff like houses and cars.

We may spend a little more than they do on what they may consider "non-essentials", but we plan to keep those things for a long time, and we want them to be nice, so we work hard to keep our things that way. It really bothers me when people say stuff like that and their 4 year old car looks like it needs to be scrapped, and their $200K house looks like it should be condemned ...

Sorry for the rant, but I stopped worrying what people like that think about what I buy a LONG time ago.
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Old 08-27-2015, 07:13 PM   #34
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I just smile and say I have never seen an armored car in a funeral procession and I am trying to keep it that way!
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Old 08-27-2015, 07:17 PM   #35
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The way I look at it, I wouldn't care what some people say. The people that matter in my life wouldn't talk out their ***. Be proud of what you bought.
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:00 PM   #36
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We worked hard and have a good retirement. So have our neighbors. None has ever made a comment about what we or anyone else has.
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:14 PM   #37
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We don't finance, something we are very proud of, and my neighbors know this, so when we buy something the big the standing joke is "...this is what you can do when you say no to dinner out invitations".
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:17 PM   #38
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OK, I didn't read but the first page - so maybe others commented on this already.

What I think is YOU should lighten up, I seriously doubt they meant any belittling with those statements, rather they were just simply trying to be friendly.

But I've been wrong before. YMMV.
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:55 PM   #39
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We decided to quit smoking several months before we bought our camper in sig. Several months later we decided to buy the Silverado as the FordnF250 was not capable of hauling the camper around. We then waited 6 years to buy the TT. TV and Camper were paid before we paid cash for TT. It was quite a surprise when we realized how much we were spending to smoke.
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Old 08-28-2015, 05:12 AM   #40
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You gotta pay to play. I have a new (used) 2015 Ram in my driveway and a new 2015 Jayco in my backyard. We towed a smaller trailer with a smaller truck before kids came. We made a decision that we wanted to continue camping with the kids and to travel around the country and let the kids experience the country growing up. We sacrificed and bought a new truck and trailer. Finances are a little tight since we have an 8 month old and a 2.5 year old, my wife works 1 day a week and I don't make great money in my job.

We are making sacrifices in other areas of our lives so that our children can have better experiences than we had. Its a personal decision, one that I am not embarrassed to make. If my neighbor's had an issue, I would politely tell them to mind their own business. Everybody spends money on something or another. Its not my place to worry about how they spend their money, they need not worry about how I spend mine.

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