I don't know when it became fashionable to do so, but it seems like every time I open my Livejournal or Facebook friends list there is a woe-is-me post about money troubles and phone calls from creditors. Not for emergency situations, but for everyday bills. Now, maybe something's changed since I was young, but I grew up not talking publicly about things like money.
I get what folks are going through, I really do. The economy is rather smelly right now. I've been in that situation before. But when those same people are talking about the restaurants and movies they're going to or the new books/CD's they're buying, I typically just roll my eyes and skip reading the rest of the entry. We have our own problems (medications, dental work needed, car repairs coming up), but we don't whine about them-we just live in a way that allows us to easily deal with them.
My partner and I don't own a home, we have a cheap (to us, on purpose, housing is too expensive here) apartment. We drive used cars and don't frequently go to restaurants. This allows us to keep money in savings, and also do an occasional major splurge once or twice a year. Our last one was Cirque du Soleil (and not even the super-spendy seats). So when people find out we did this super-expensive-cool-thing, I get lots of comments like "lucky! I wish WE could do that!".
How in the world do I respond politely to this? I mean, the response I want to give is "it's called living within your means, try it sometime", but what comes out of my mouth is typically more along the lines of "yes, it was fun, have you tried the punch?"