When I mention having to buy something for the kids and my mother says "it must be nice to afford to do that". Recently my oldest out grew all her shoes, so I had to buy her rain boots and two pairs of sneakers (outdoor and indoor )
Sigh, yes it is nice I suppose, but really what else was I going to do have her curl her toes? Cut holes in the ends?
My mum does this too - except she accuses me of not being able to afford it. Mum, seriously, I'm an adult, I know my budget. If I want to buy myself a $45 backpack to replace my torn and tatty nappy bag, I will.
The other thing that mum does about purchases is when I mention that I want to get something for Baby Drifter and she goes and gets a cheap or secondhand version before I can get what I want to.
For example - I mentioned wanting to get Baby D a little foam folding out couch (just a toddler sized one) for her first birthday (which was Sunday, but I said this weeks ago). The next time I went to mums' place, what has appeared in the corner of Baby D's room at her house?
OR! Asks what to get her for her birthday and COMPLETELY IGNORES what I say, going to get one of the VERY FEW things that I said NOT TO. She and Dad got Baby D a sandpit, but for a start we have two cats and for another thing we are living with my parents-in-law while we build, so it's going to be at least six or seven months before we can even set it up, which means that we're going to have to spend money we had not been planning on spending so fast to get the backyard fenced, or at least made safe, or mum will pout that we're not using 'her present' the minute we move into the new house.