I apologize if this is posted in the wrong folder. Please move it, if need be.
My husband purchased a "new-to-me" car this past Monday as an early birthday present. After purchasing the car and immediately upon pulling up to our home, one of our neighbors (neighbor #1) comes outside and over to our house and comments, "My! Don't you think that car is a little too fancy for this street"? (Or something along those lines.) Another neighbor asked me, "What?! Did you husband win the lottery or something"? And that neighbor's wife told me she was having a conversation with neighbor #1 and some other people on the block and saying how much my husband must love me and think so highly of me to get me a new car. Then, neighbor #1 immediately turns and says in a nasty tone (or at least that's how the story was told to me), "It's NOT new"!
When leaving the house yesterday to run errands with my children, neighbor #1 said, "Cheerio!" (As in, "hello!") I jokingly said, "Fruit Loops!" In which she replied, "Oh, we can't afford Fruit Loops in our house. We have to buy Fruit O's".
I don't say anything in reply to this, and I don't have the nerve or the guts to say to someone, "Please stop making those unnecessary comments" - or something along those lines. But every day since Monday, she has something to say to me directly or to a neighbor - which sadly gets back to me.
Any idea what I can do or say? It's almost as though she's trying to make me feel bad for something that I have.
I hope that my post is making sense.
Any help or advice would be appreciated!
Edited for bad spelling.