It seems like many people think that talking about money is more taboo than talking about sex or politics.
Recently, I was on Facebook and someone I know asked their friends how much money they were saving each month. It seemed like a pretty harmless question.
They explained that they were asking for real numbers because they just began saving and simply wanted to talk with others about saving money.
Then, someone commented with something like, “Sharing actual numbers is disgusting. Use percentages, if you must.”
The conversation continued, others chimed in, and it became clear that openly talking about money made some people pretty angry. There was an overwhelming amount of people who said the whole conversation was tacky and that money should not be discussed, EVER.
Why does talking about money have to be so secretive? Is it really that tacky?
Having a financial blog means I get some interesting emails about this sort of thing, some from people who think it's crazy that I publish income reports and talk about money so openly. So, I’m very aware of the stigma that comes with talking about money. [Read more…]