Frivolous (or not so frivolous) Friday

Can you imagine posting your salary, and then listing what you spend for an entire month for anyone in the online community to read?  Me either. But Refinery29, a space touted as a “modern woman’s destination for how to live a stylish, well-rounded life”, regularly asks women to track their spending for a month, and send them the gory details to post. Then, the backlash begins.

Often, the site receives letters from people who make judgments about the women, and comment on what they are doing right–or very wrong—in their lives. It can be brutal. BRUTAL.  I have no idea how some of these women recover from this. You can follow one such participant’s experience taking part and find out what changes she made (if any) as a result by clicking here.

Beware, once you read one of these money diaries, you’ll fall down the rabbit hole and spend the next hour perusing the spending habits of women you don’t know. This is brave stuff. And it makes me wonder why they don’t also track the spending habits of men who’d like to participate. It would be as equally revealing, I think.

Would you participate in something like this and allow your spending habits to be viewed by the world?

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