A Reddit user is a high-income earner who saved money to buy a luxury car. However, his frugal father disagrees with his planned purchase calling it a “stupid decision. “
He Has Some “Hefty Savings”
The original poster (OP) lives on the west coast and works in an industry that pays very well. And, although he is a high-income earner, he’s always been a big saver since he started working in high school.
Furthermore, OP also made some “risky investments” that worked in his favor. So, he’s also sitting on some “hefty savings,” which he wants to use to replace his used 2012 Toyota Camry with a brand new BMW.
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His Dad Thinks He Doesn’t Need That Nice Car
OP’s frugal father thinks buying a luxury car is a “stupid decision” and says that his son doesn’t need that nice car right now. Instead, his dad believes he should be spending his 20s saving money to set himself up for the future.
OP respects where his father is coming from and appreciates their concern. However, OP had already made up his mind and wasn’t explicitly seeking advice but just wanted to share. He’s done his research and believes he’s making a sound, informed decision.
But OP’s dad didn’t care that his son told him repeatedly that he had saved up for this car. Instead, his dad continued making passive-aggressive comments and harping that he should be “splurging” on many things and, rather, live a “simple lifestyle.
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The Passive-Aggressive Comments Caused His Son To Snap
OP snapped at his dad, telling him he should keep his judgemental and condescending thoughts to himself. OP also reminded his dad that he makes more than twice his salary and can comfortably afford the things he buys.
The father was enraged and felt emasculated after hearing his son say that.
The Reddit Community Weighs In
Reddit users acknowledge that OP’s comment about making twice his salary was rude. However, they also said OP’s dad was overstepping and didn’t know when to back off. It’s OP’s money, but his father couldn’t help being a concerned parent.
Another Reddit user said OP’s father was only upset because his son stood his ground and didn’t cave. OP gave his dad chances to move on, but his dad kept pushing that his son was making a “stupid decision.”
Is OP wrong for reminding his father that he makes more than twice his salary? Did OP’s father overstep his bounds, or was OP’s dad just being a concerned parent?