Have you noticed that the people; not just personal finance bloggers, but normal, regular folks, who chose to openly talk about money often receive a ton of unsolicited advice. Just mention a big purchase you’re planning to make, a decision to take out a loan, or a plan to save for retirement and friends, family and everybody within earshot is willing to give you a schooling on why it’s a good or bad idea and what their personal experiences have been.
Perhaps this is the reason that mom told me not to talk about money, sex and politics right?
So I’m curious, If you’re willing to put yourself “out there” and share your salary, spending habits, budget and/or financial goals, should you expect that others will offer advice? I have a few friends who have chosen not to share information about big purchases until after the purchase, because peers had been not been supportive of the purchase.
Personally, I blog because I like to talk about money and finances and I like getting other people’s feedback and advice. I also expect that there will be people who don’t agree with me, or the way I manage my personal finances, and I’m OK with that. I wouldn’t publicly share my financial situation if I didn’t want feedback. Good, bad or indifferent, bring it on!
Do you think people offering advice or criticism on your finances should butt out?
Or does it depend on the advice, or even the person offering the advice?