Kim Kardashian: ‘We don’t do gifts… I don’t like presents anymore’

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Ahead of the latest season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ premiere, Kim Kardashian sat down and wrote an essay for Wealthsimple about life, money and her three kids. Kim is still trying to convince us that she doesn’t spoil her kids, which… I still don’t believe. At all. I’ve seen the ‘grams – North, Saint and Chicago all have full wardrobes of designer clothes. They travel the world by private jet and their family vacations involve million-dollar Airbnbs. But I do believe some of what she writes, oddly enough. Some highlights from Kim’s essay:

On gift-giving: “I worry about giving my kids too much. We don’t do gifts. They have to really earn it. But we talk about it all the time, about not getting too much and just trying to be as grounded and well-rounded as possible.”

Post-Paris robbery, she changed: “I don’t like presents anymore. I just don’t want that stuff right now. I don’t buy a lot. I used to buy myself something every birthday and just be like, ‘OK, if I work hard all year then I can treat myself to something—like a car or a pair of earrings. Something that I really wanted all year. But I’ve been getting rid of my cars. I used to really care. I loved cars. I still like them and I have a certain look, but I don’t care like I used to.”

She always worked: “I always was working. I never asked people for money. That was never really my thing. I always just figured it out.” Now, Kim is unsure if “it will be the same” for her kids. “It’s a different time. I don’t know if I’m going to do that. I’d have to discuss that with Kanye.”

She’s on a strict budget: “I don’t talk about specifics; I find that to be tacky and just inappropriate.” Rest assured, she writes, “I’m really on top of my financial situation. I do everything. I see everything, write every check—I’m on top of every last detail. I was always taught to be like that. It’s definitely helpful to have a manager or someone pay your bills so they go out on time, but I think once you start giving too much control away, you could really lose sight of what you have and what you need to do, especially if you spend a lot and have a big lifestyle.”

She knows what she spends monthly: “[I know] what it costs to run my household. It’s hard all the time to stick within a budget, for sure, but I think it’s a good guideline. And I’m the type of personality where I’m like, ‘OK, I really want to buy this, so I have to make this in order to be able to buy that for myself.’ So, I’ll make it happen.”

She’s been downsizing: “which has been making my managers happy… Kanye is a bigger shopper than me. He has big archives of stuff…”

[From E! News]

What I believe: I believe Kim is good with money, and that she knows where her money is going, and that she doesn’t spend like a drunken sailor. I also believe that Kanye is terrible with money, and that he should just put Kim in charge of every financial decision for their family and their careers. I also believe that Kim – more than any of the other daughters – is her mother’s daughter. Kim learned a lot from her dysfunctional relationship with Lucifer’s Homegirl. And I think Kim is going to be a lot like Kris, especially with the kids.

All that being said, I enjoyed this – I wish more celebrities would talk about fiscal responsibility and how they deal with the wealth they’ve amassed.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner on stage at BOF West

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  1. Smiles says:

    Right. Like how she recently attested to not being into taking very many selfies anymore. The more these people talk about how “real” they are, the less I believe it. 🙄

  2. minx says:

    I, I, I, me, me, me.
    And calling something “tacky” is really rich, coming from her.

    • FhMom says:

      I laughed when I read that because I have to assume she really doesn’t know what the word means.

  3. Becks1 says:

    I mean, maybe she doesn’t buy herself gifts every year, but I’m sure she buys herself what she wants the rest of the year, within her budget. And I’m sure she does stick to that budget, but her budget is not what mine is, haha.

    But yeah I do get the same vibe, that she is pretty good with money and knows exactly what is coming in and what is going out.

    • Char says:

      Her talent is money and to be where she is now, is the product of being grounded. It’s nice Kim is talking about it, cause she does influence lots of people and we all can profit of been responsable with money.

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, the gift thing struck me as funny/sad. We didn’t have much when I was growing up but my parents always made sure we got nice gifts on birthdays and at Christmas. We really appreciated it. Maybe the idea of a gift has less meaning if you can get anything you want, any time you want?

      • Sherry says:

        I think Kim doesn’t get enough credit for being grounded. I definitely think the Paris robbery changed her.

        As for gift-giving, my brother and sister-in-law were very well off and had one child. He got anything and everything he wanted. When a new game or toy came out, he had it that day. He had the biggest backyard playset that he never played on. I well remember one Christmas I asked my mother-in-law if he was excited about Christmas, because my three kids were jumping off the walls in anticipation. She said, “No.” I said, “Really? He’s not excited?” Her response was, “He gets whatever he wants whenever he wants it. Why would he be excited about it?”

        My kids got presents on their birthday and Christmas. If they wanted something for themselves, they have to earn it and save their allowance. I wanted them to appreciate what they had.

      • Nancy says:

        I would call Kim a lot of things, but grounded is not one of them. I think if you agree with her and/or side with her, she will be your friend forever…hello yes man Jonathan Cheban/PMK. But, she is a woman who wore an unfortunate outfit the other night which outlined the unevenness in her hips. Tyson Beckford called her out on being fake, her response: to post a comment suggesting he was gay, which he isn’t. I don’t care about her gift giving policies. Watch the videos of her kids birthday parties and you will see more gifts than a normal child receives in a lifetime. Not buying it. As Tyson says, fake

      • minx says:

        I don’t think grifters can be called grounded. She’s superficial and thoroughly fake, almost Trump-like in her penchant for lying and distorting the truth. I don’t buy any of her attempts to make her life sound wholesome and normal. Everything is reduced to storylines for this family, so they lie as often as they breathe. And she has a big old mean streak.

      • Nancy says:

        Thanks minx. You said what I wanted to. I have a penchant for writing such verbose posts. Ha! I learned shorthand from my mom when I was little….I should practice that in my writing!

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    • Pft! says:

      Cough…Cardi B, take some notes…

  4. Clare says:

    Tbh I prefer this narrative to what Cardi B was peddling yesterday – fiscal responsibility > conspicuous consumption. Even if it’s not true, I 100% prefer this message.

  5. Loopy says:

    Yeah it’s easy not to spend your own money when you can get a bunch of free stuff sent to you by just mentioning you like it.

    • Jane says:

      OMG–you took the words right out of my mouth. I was just about to say the same thing. She probably gets PR packages constantly.

      • nb says:

        Truth. I’m sure she’s got all the high end skin care, cosmetics, jewelry, clothes, shoes, purses, vacations, electronics, spa packages, etc. she wants for free just based on being famous. The more money you have the more stuff you get for free. Figuring out what to do with all that stuff is probably harder for her than figuring out what she actually wants to buy.

      • Jane says:

        @nb–Thank you for agreeing with me. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if she has piles and pile of PR packages laying around gathering dust. I don’t see her delivering them to needy charities such as cosmetics to women’s shelter.

        H***, if I received so many PR packages, that is what I would do, or give more generously to the organization I help: Thumbuddy Special-a place where women can take the day off from taking care of their profoundly disabled women who are of a low-income situation. A group or nurses and other healthcare professionals donate their time to tend to the children for a period of time while the Mothers get taken out to lunch and a salon for a few hours.

        At the end of their treatment, they get a gift basket of toiletries to make them feel special. I have provided the gift baskets and they are so small. I’d love to give more, but on a teacher’s salary, I simply cannot afford it for a dozen women. So…I do the best I can. I’d love to give tons of lovely things to them because they are just so worn out taking care of their children, they have no time to take care of themselves.

        Sorry about the rant….

  6. Shannon says:

    I do think she’s good with money and Kanye should really let her lead with that. Not a fan, but I’ll give her that. As for ‘always working,’ I mean, that’s debatable. I’m not sure I can really call fighting and hugging and crying on TV ‘work.’ I mean, seriously, I fight with my family and hug and cry all the time for fkn free – someone send me a camera crew and a few million dollars. I’ll even insta some make-up and sh!t.

  7. Beth says:

    People who always have more than they need and everything they want, don’t need to get presents anyways. Strict budget? Lol. I’d love to see spoiled millionaires like Kim try to live on a budget like the rest of us

    • Anika says:

      Exactly! I’m under no delusion that Kim is “good w money, ” not when she has a budget as vast as the one she has to begin with. MAYBE she doesn’t get and give as *many* presents as she used to, for Christmas and birthdays (though I actually doubt this, as she’s a pathological liar) but I’m sure she buys herself “little” gifts often…Good lord, with all the fillers, plastic surgery, makeup artists, nannies, fancy cars, jewelry and designer costumes she possesses, it’s about the equivalent of her buying herself a VERY expensive gift every day of the year. Kim does not restrict herself at all in her attaining of material possessions.

  8. Britt says:

    I find the whole family revolting, but maybe that’s an older Australian thing. I quite often discuss the Kardashian family with my patients, because their compression stockings boost their bum up, giving them a ‘Kardashian” butt look. I reassure them that it’s only for a week.

    I’m 40 and boycott everything to do with the Kardashians. I do think their children are gorgeous but I think their partners and ex-partners are douche bags.

  9. Patricia says:

    Um excuse me kim I watched your latest season (my sister was visiting me and it was a DELIGHT for us to watch together hahha), and I saw you. Like the amount you spent on Christmas wrap and decorations alone was probably twenty times what I spend on Christmas for my family as a whole.
    Which… fine! That decor store will stay in business due to you! But don’t act like you’re that careful with your money girl. You have tons of money to spend on whatever you want and guess what? You do!

    • me says:

      She filmed that “shopping spree” for her show. So she got paid to shop and probably got A LOT of free stuff from the store in exchange for free promotion. She even said once the best part of being famous is getting “free sh*t”. Then she goes and sells that “free sh*t” on Ebay, gives the minimum 10% to charity and pockets the rest !

  10. Snowflake says:

    She’s full of it imo.

  11. Chaine says:

    So tired of hearing that the robbery changed her. All it changed is that any time she wants public sympathy she now brings up the robbery.

    • Jen says:

      Right? She gets “in trouble” for her pro-anorexia comments and homophobic jab at Tyson, so suddenly her press people push forward this article to make her seem “down to earth.”

      • me says:

        They have a new season of their show starting this week so they need to promote the sh*t out of it. They needed some pr. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was all calculated. The “anorexia video” was something they knew would get people’s attention…same as insinuating Tyson is gay. This family is very calculating. They get us every time !

  12. Blakesly says:

    I can relate to how Kim’s spending habits changed after the robbery. I work in a bank and we were recently robbed. I was held at gun point and taken into our main vault. The whole ordeal only lasted about ten minutes but my entire life changed.

    You figure out very quickly what matters. Life is so much shorter than most of us realize. In that moment the only thing I wanted was to see my husband and daughter. I wanted one more hug from my dad. I’m not saying that I don’t shop or like nice things but I don’t put the same emphasis on them anymore.

    • Beth says:

      That sounds so scary, and I’m glad you’re safe. Traumatic events like that can change your life forever, and sometimes in a good way

    • HeyThere! says:

      Wow, I’m so sorry. I hope you have a good support system around you. Don’t be afraid to seek counseling either. My mom was in a similar situation years ago and the robbery changed her for LIFE. It’s pre-robbery and post robbery in our house growing up. I even suffered from it as trying to process what just happen and what we almost lost. She never got help and we really wish she would have. Big hugs to you!

  13. why? says:

    Kim is a con artist. She says whatever she needs to say to get what she wants. She spouts nonsense and the press just eats it’s up without questioning it. I don’t understand why. Is it because her mother has made a deal with the tabloids to only post nice things about them and to destroy their enemies? Kim is lying. She wasn’t always working. She and her sisters were working at Ray J’s sisters’ store and stealing from his mother. She doesn’t like presents, but is quick to post photos and alert the press about the presents her kids got for their birthdays. I don’t believe that Kim is smart with money. Their mother controls all of their finances and makes all of their decisions.

    Instead of talking to Kim about her family and how she “doesn’t” give her kids gifts, shouldn’t the press be more concerned about how she is on a campaign to normalize the Dotard? Please let’s not forget the damage Kim is doing by trying to convince everyone that the Dotard is a caring human being who deserves another term just so that she can get more photo-ops in the White House.

  14. Jordan says:

    Why aren’t we talking about Kim calling Tyson gay because he doesn’t like her purchased body parts?

    • Jen says:

      Mainly because the trashy family has so much media power they always manage to change the narrative from their filth.

      • me says:

        TMZ is already attacking Tyson ! It didn’t take long for Kim and her mother to threaten TMZ.

      • Nancy says:

        I saw that and it annoyed me. They really do own TMZ. Tyson should have let it go without posting the pictures that he did. I can see her smirking away…..grr

  15. me says:

    How was she “always working”? She got married at 19 and became a stay-at-home step mom for about 3 or 4 years. Then she divorced and started hanging around Paris Hilton for exposure and fame. She was only able to open that DASH store with her sisters because of inheritance money from her dad. Her sisters even admitted that Kim was NEVER at the store.

    Lastly, how are her kids going to be “grounded” when they never see mommy or daddy wash a dish, do laundry, clean the house, or even go grocery shopping? All they see is luxury, maids, chefs, nannies, lavish vacations, mommy taking selfies 24/7 while daddy is gone. I mean how many times this year have those kids been to Disneyland? That’s a trip most kids (if lucky) take ONCE in a lifetime. Those kids go every damn week it seems.

  16. Mo' Comments Mo' Problems says:

    Everyone in that entire family is so rude and vicious with each other, except Kourtney. smh.

  17. JennyJenny says:

    If her lips are moving, she’s lying.

  18. SlightlyAnonny says:

    “I always was working. I never asked people for money.”

    Right. Was she working when she stole Brandy Norwood’s credit cards and ran up charges? Was that work? Stop. Stop. Stop trying to make this woman more than what she is.

  19. Pandy says:

    Strict budget = $50k a month I bet. Soo hard (said in a baby voice).

  20. Lkaye says:

    I would like to bring up the current fight Kim is having with Tyson. I do not agree with body shaming, but I find her comeback harmful and homophobic and she needs to be called out, loudly. HIV rates among black gay men are disproportionately rising due to stigma and fear. Her comments do not help. Done with her

  21. Cara says:

    She might have a few “grounded” ideas here and there, but I can’t imagine that she really is. Come on……we still hardly ever see that girl wear the same thing. Why does she even need a lot of cars if she always has drivers. I’m also going to have to call BS on the “We talk about it all the time” comment. Sorry, I’m just now buying it. 🙄🙄

  22. Ash says:

    Well, for one she just posted a faux-fur coat that was gifted to her from Givenchy, and not too long ago North was given 2 Alexander Wang bags. So nope. Full of it. Please make them all stop. The Tyson B thing is crazy to me. Is he the only celebrity in town with the guts to call her out? Please! Be more!

  23. corrine says:

    Have you all seen her talk? I’ve only seen photos of her but for the first time I watched a quick clip from her show today. And OMG it is SO surreal and freaky to see her face when she talks. Well not just her, all of them. Like a moving fake plastic doll from an alien movie, it freaked me out! And wtf is Kris wearing here?

    • Babs says:

      Kris’ style is consistently awful. They say Kanye this, Kanye that but Kim got it from her mama!

  24. Mare says:

    So, she’s raising her kids like Kris? Oh, great.