March 28, 2013

Conspicuous consumption can lead you to bankruptcy or worse. What is this and how can you avoid it?

8 thoughts on “March 28, 2013”

  1. Thomas Graham says:

    Conspicuous consumption is the act of buying luxurious items to display your wealth to other people. You can avoid this by realizing when you have gotten enough money you cannot buy your happiness and continuing on the track of buying to make yourself happy will only cause unhappiness. Another way to avoid this is by using the 30-day waiting period. That is when you wait 30 days to buy something you want to see if you still want it and have the money for it after 30 days. If you still want it and have the money after 30 days, go right ahead and buy it.

  2. Mike Finley says:

    Well said, Thomas. More is better. Bigger is better. Newer is better. We receive these messages each and every day and gradually over time we may actually believe them. None of those things are true and the earlier in life we realize that, the better off we will be.

    Attempting to find happiness in “stuff” which get you a one way ticket to stressville and that is not a pleasant place. It is full of debt, resentment, broken relationships, and unhappiness. Here is an idea. Less is more. By focusing on less instead of more, you can put more emphasis on improving the inner you and less time and money will be spent on “fixing” the outer you. The book, Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez explains this point in greater detail. Consume less, you will be happier.

  3. Andrey says:

    So, what’s your solution, eh? This qtoeuisn goes out to the fellow who gave this bad marks for being funded by George Soros. What’s wrong with that? I realise there’s a lot of hypocrisy inherent in this century’s leftish’ (I think left’ and right’ are becoming more and more irrelevant as divisions in society, and the longer they squabble, the less anything gets done about anything.)Please tell me somebody! Why is ANYTHING with the slightest bit of socialist connection necessarily the equivalent of Pure Evil? The way I was taught about this, which is outdated and simplistic, is that the difference between socialism and communism is that in a socialised sector, there are certain vital services and survival needs provided to the public but they still have a choice whether or not to make use of them, while communism forces the issue and any liberal with any sense of his or her own values as one should see by now that communism is oppressive, but socialism does not tend to be.The 1-percenters can’t go on like they are and expect to continue increasing more and more in power, if the rest of us can’t afford to buy what they sell. I make use of government subsidized apartment housing in San Francisco which is allowing me to live and pay a reasonable rent (a third of my income) and these units have kitchens and bathrooms, management that makes the buildings quite safe compared to the usual SRO hotel those who fall through the cracks end up living in. Bedbugs are totally absent. The house is encouraged to join together and improve its own living space by the management. This one building out of a series of four the Todco company operates has gotten close to 80 seniors, disabled persons and the functionally-ill population, some who’ve been on the street for three or four years, out of the doorways of shops and patrician homes.This is socialism, right? I’m damned happy it exists. We don’t get huge rooms, they’re about the size of a medium U-Stor-it unit, and the food pantry on Tuesdays gives us simple eats, although the fruit is sometimes stale and insect-bores show up (I will volunteer to fix those problems as best I can this coming week.)Living here means I can go to school again and this would have been impossible otherwise. I want to learn a trade and cut down what I pull in from the government for my mobility problems. People can’t have self esteem without places to live and a bare minimum to eat. If that is socialism, than let there be socialism. It needn’t war with capitalism. We need THAT, too and I’m a liberal who understands the value of real capitalism, not the corporatism that swallowed most of it up.Lastly, to those complaining about propaganda, almost EVERYTHING is propaganda. Wikipedia, perhaps, tries hard not to be, but there’s nothing else created without its creator having some message, agenda, idea-set or opinion to express. Whether it’s propaganda one agrees with or disagrees with, it’s ubiquitous and the best way to remain intelligent about it is remember to keep an eye out for weasel words and anything that can’t be sourced. Overdependence on these cheap forms of false proof is just propaganda that cheats more than propaganda that doesn’t use those techniques. But show me nearly any nonfiction film or writing, and I’ll show you propaganda.

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