I certainly wish my mother would listen to my attempts to beandip her or other tactics described here when it comes to my finances. She loves to stick her nose into my business and others when she should not. I just have to keep on trying!
Mine still tries to casually ask what I pay in rent. I told her firmly "less than a third of my take home pay" (she doesn't know what I make) and changed the subject because I *knew* if I answered that question I'd be barraged with "why aren't you buying instead? your younger sisters own instead of renting!". As if there was something wrong with not being a homeowner in one of the most expensive counties in the country.*
*seriously, home/condo ownership is nearly double the cost of what I pay in rent.
I have a relative who seems to think I make much more than I do (I've never told her) and that I should buy something, vs renting. Yeah, I'll get right on that. I pay about $1250 in rent for a 1BR apt. nothing fancy at all, not even my own W/D. She seems to think I can purchase a condo or townhouse for that same amount. Um no, because you have to factor in property taxes, and I live in a state with some of the highest in the US, and monthly fees. And don't get me started on the cost of a home, or down payment. But she keeps saying I should look into it. Sorry, but the days of the mortgage, etc. being what I pay now are long gone. At least in my neck of the woods.