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Old 08-27-2015, 10:52 AM   #11
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I think their opening line is just a way to start a conversation to see the new camper as they are intrigued. When we purchased our new HTT a few years back, I think everyone in the neighborhood had to stop by, and see it. After a while the novelty will wear off.

My parent’s always use the line “Just spending my kid’s inheritance.” My reply “it’s not my money, have fun!”
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:55 AM   #12
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My parent’s always use the line “Just spending my kid’s inheritance.” My reply “it’s not my money, have fun!”
My dad says this all the time; my response: "SPEND IT UP POP! You earned it!"
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:59 AM   #13
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"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."
Couldn't agree more. Mower is a '97, snow blower is a '99, and DW is a '59!!
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Old 08-27-2015, 11:12 AM   #14
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Couldn't agree more. Mower is a '97, snow blower is a '99, and DW is a '59!!
My wife's X-Terra is a 2006 and looks like it's maybe 3 years old; we'll keep it another 4 years before replacement (only 1 car payment at a time, and the X has been paid off for 4 years). When we had our boat, it was 6 or 8 years old and looked maybe 2 or 3; motor ran like a top (it had been paid for for years before we sold it because we had nowhere to use it near our new house). We plan to keep our trailer until our 10 month old son doesn't want to camp with us any more, and the truck that pulls it will hopefully be his one day.

We mow our grass weekly, we vacuum our floor 3x a week, we clean the dishes up every night, we wash our cars when they're dirty and keep up with their maintenance, same for the trailer ... the list goes on and on. This is what we do, it's called "life"; I just cannot comprehend why some of my friends don't do the same?

I just thought of an appropriate response (in my situation) to OP's neighbors' comments: "Well, I dropped the cable/satellite dish, and now I can afford all this!"
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You sound like modest people, not the type to "flaunt it". I totally understand that. I'm very private especially when it comes to income and personal finances, just the way I was raised. That being said I agree with other posters, they are just breaking the ice and or a little jealous. As long as they don't ask for a loan don't let it bother you!
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Old 08-27-2015, 11:30 AM   #16
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I would just tell them you won a small lottery and leave it at that. It's none of their business. I can't stand nosy neighbors. We have a couple of them in out neighborhood and they always are watching everything anybody does and they aren't subtle about it either. They will stare. I caught one of them looking in our windows after our house was built. I told them the next time I see someone looking into our home, I wasn't going to be very friendly about it.
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As one of just two truck owners on our street - our neighbors were very supportive of our recent purchase ... maybe because we help ferry their oversized purchases (e.g., televisions) home, get the large items for the block party, or offer to include their hazardous waste when going to the drop-off center!
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My DW's uncle was a terrific guy, but had one annoying flaw. Every time we purchased something he thought was expensive, he'd always ask me:

"How much did that cost, not being nosy?"

To which I'd always reply:

"Too much."

Then I'd change the conversation to another subject.
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In circumstances such as these I have been confronted with "Man, I wish I had your money!". To which I respond "You don't understand. You can have money or you can have this. But not both!"

That usually ends the topic.
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I just thought of an appropriate response (in my situation) to OP's neighbors' comments: "Well, I dropped the cable/satellite dish, and now I can afford all this!"
Isn't that the truth, you could also add "I dropped my cell coverage", which is approaching a small car payment in itself.
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