People Are Sharing The Most Frustrating Things Their Parents Have Said About Work And Money, And I'm Sorry If You've Been Told Any Of These

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I think we can all agree that the job market and the economy were wayyy different when our parents were growing up.

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Times have definitely changed, but unfortunately, some parents can't see that — and their kids have been subjected to some outdated advice and sentiments about work and money.

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People in the BuzzFeed Community recently shared some of the most ridiculous things their boomer or Gen X parents have told them when it comes to getting hired or saving some extra cash — and, well, I hope your parents are more understanding than the ones in this list.

Here are 12 of the most frustrating things people have been told when it comes to jobs and finances:

1. “Just try to stick with the company for a while longer, it will get better.”

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"My father said this after I told him I was struggling to eat and sleep due to the stress a previous job was causing me. Mind you, he has not worked since the early 2000s and at Enron! I am much happier now that I left that company and the construction industry altogether."


2. “Just hand them your résumé.”

Pam from The Office holding up a résumé with the text below: "My resume can fit on a Post-it note"

"I am in the process of trying to find a new corporate job, and my parents just DO NOT understand that you can’t hand the person at the front desk of a Fortune 500 company a résumé. Most jobs require an online application that is typically screened and reviewed by a robot, and if you fail to include a key word (which they don’t tell you), human eyes will most likely never even see it."


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3. "You know music is not a practical career."

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"I detoured 10 years in a major and jobs that my mom wanted me to have and I hated. Then I went back to school for music and have been working as a professional musician ever since. I lost 10 really good years believing her that I wasn't good enough at what I knew in my bones I could do. Also, my dad told me not to do credit checks because it would ding my credit. Found out later that he didn't want me to check my credit because he had stolen my Social Security number and identity and taken multiple lines of credit out in my name to support his addictions. Yeah, he's a total POS. Still climbing back from that one."


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4. "You should have X amount saved by 30, 35, 40 years old..."

Cardi B holding a huge stash of $100 bills

"For some reason, my father seems to hold that more strictly for my middle brother, but to this day, he's still overly interested in the status of my two brothers' and my bank accounts. In his eyes, we've failed as adults if we don't have a specific (but random) amount of money saved, not taking into account inflation, lifestyle/career choices, etc."


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5. “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

Bart Simpson saying "I found a penny!"

"Yeah, sure, but a penny won’t help you buy a house or take out a mortgage."


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6. "Keep calling to show you're interested!"

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"When I was applying for jobs when I was just out of school, they said, 'Keep calling to show you're interested!' or 'Keep applying to the same place!' No. That just pisses people off. Put in your application and wait, like everyone else."


7. “Get a real job.”

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"If I had a nickel for every time my boomer parents told me this, I’d be a rich woman. I’ve been on my own since I moved out after college and have had long-term creative and/or management jobs. To them, if I am not working in an office in a suit from the petites section at the department store, then it is not a “real” job. I’m 47 and my dad literally texted me on April 15 to remind me to do my taxes, as if I had not already done them, or forgot, or have ever forgotten. I appreciate their love and concern, but they are very out of touch with modern things, and it is so stifling! They are not creative or flexible."


8. “Consider moving to another state to make more money.”

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"I live and work in a seasonal town, and during a slow time, my uncle told me this, as if moving is just a cheap, easy solution."


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9. "No one will hire you with that tattoo."

A person wearing a cap and showing a "No ragrets" tattoo below their neck

"When I got my first tattoo, my dad told me absolutely NO ONE would hire me (even though I told him that my tattoo is on my ankle, where I could easily cover it with long pants or skirts, and it is the size of a ping-pong ball). Ten years later and with an additional tattoo (on my arm), I am working as a teacher at an early education center."


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10. “What’s yours is hers, and vice versa.”

Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe from Friends sitting on a couch in bridal gowns, drinking beer, and eating popcorn

"My father-in-law told me and my husband to get rid of our separate bank accounts and combine it all together. No thanks. We split bills, but I will keep my own account."


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11. “You don’t need money to have kids.”

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"I grew up paycheck to paycheck. I’m making sure I have plenty of money before I start having kids. They deserve the best I can give."


And lastly, 12. "It’s good to be busy."

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"My mom asks how work is and I say, 'Very busy.' She replies, 'Well, it’s good to be busy'! No, Mom, I’m doing the work of three people and I feel like I’m drowning because my boss refuses to hire more help."


What's the most frustrating thing your parents have said to you about work or money? Let me know in the comments!

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.