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Originally Posted by mermommy
I don't know why everything has become an issue of what you can afford but I've been hearing that a lot more too. Usually I do what I do because I like it or feel that it is better ( for the environment, for me, etc) . My life doesn't revolve around what I can or cannot afford to do. I don't understand the whole idea of throwing money at something just because you can.
|But, just dare to tell them you spend it some other way, like on organic food.|
Originally Posted by tboroson
It's part of this American mentality of buy buy buy, if you have money to spend, why on earth wouldn't you spend it? And try your hardest to get the most for it, too. Quantity *is* quality, after all, right? We should *all* want a larger house, even if it's a piece of crap. And then we have to buy all the furniture to fill all those rooms, even if we don't want to clean it all. Then we have to pay for a maid to clean all that crap we never use so we can run our kids all over town to one activity after another, for which we have to buy tons of specialized equiptment, in our new SUV, all the while complaining about gas prices. We need a luxury gourmet kitchen so we can show it off when we entertain, since as we know everybody migrates to the kitchen at a party, but since we're so busy busy busy we have to eat out or bring food in every night.
That's all part of being middle class, isn't it?
I read a statistic on peoples perception of middle class a few years ago. Based on what people felt they needed to have or be able to do in order to be considered middle class, they'd have to make... get this... $200,000 a year. This idea is promoted by television, where every middle class, or even poor, person can afford to have new, matching furniture, a nice kitchen, seperate bedrooms for every child, nice cars, take awesome vacations, hire help to clean or cook, throw elegant parties, go out to fabulous restaurants.
So, people feel that they have money, they must spend it to further the impression that they are "middle class". And if they see something in your life that "needs improving", they feel sorry for you. They just can't understand that you don't have the same priorities. If you don't spend your money the way they'd spend theirs, well, clearly, you must not *have* money. But, just dare to tell them you spend it some other way, like on organic food. They'll gossip about you until kingdom come...
Originally Posted by mirlee
I guess it never occurs to them that it is because of your financial choices, that you have to option to afford something or not.
Congratulations on living outside the box.
|Should you do something just because you can afford it?|
Originally Posted by tinybutterfly
It's not about what you can afford, it's about how you want to live your life.
Originally Posted by Wabi Sabi
Sure, if it is something that you *want.* Why not?
On the other hand, it would be silly to spend money on something that you *don't want* just because you can afford it.
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