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Your crap isn't that impressive

July 14th, 2010 at 02:00 pm

What is it that you find impressive about somebody else? Clothing, home, cars, useless possessions? To me seeing somebody go into debt to buy something just so they can show off to their friends isn't all that impressive. I really don't care that you bought a new car just so you look good pulling into work. What would really impress me is if you told me you saved up for it and paid cash.

I'm sure everybody knows someone like this. They are the person that throws the cool parties every weekend but doesn't have 2 nickels to rub together.

Don't be this type of person. Be the one who sits quietly and saves his money. You will thank yourself later.

4 Responses to “Your crap isn't that impressive”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Well said!

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    Yeah, I've basically been sitting quietly saving money for years now. Missed out on a lot of fun stuff that other guys around me have bought and enjoyed. Sometimes, the Jonesian itch creeps in as you want to join them, but in the end, I'm glad I didn't! I'm pretty sure I'm much further along in my financial well-being than they are.

  3. Nika Says:

    It is about priorities and resources. I don't save just for the sake of it. I get satisfaction knowing we have EF (some security for my family) or that I have a plan for retirement. And we make sure we allocate money for these things.

    But I do want to enjoy everyday life, as much as resources allow. I'm not sure what you guys mean by "sitting quietly".

    After necessities are met it is about prioritizing things that are important to us. Quality delicious food, for example. Vacations too - they are more important to us than nice cars. So since we can't afford everything we want, we have to choose. I like nice clothing too, but I am thoughtful about picking it, and don't buy it often, but when I do, I make sure it is worth the money to me.

    I realize some people have different priorities than me and enjoy different things. To me, I could not give up my ipad and think it is the greatest thing ever, but I would not spend a dime on tickets to a football game.

    So I don't necessarily think people are showing off when they choose to spend a lot of money on something. Maybe they are just passionate about it.

  4. Jerry Says:

    We have a friend who drives a huge, expensive vehicle, lives in a beautiful home, and spends loads of money on clothes and vacations... but he often can't afford to pay his employees or offer them insurance. And none of these trappings are truly his, anyway! It's very sad, but this reality doesn't seem to lead to any major introspection on his part. On the other hand, I don't think he is really passionate about any of these things, they are all about keeping up with other people's opinions.
    Jerry

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