Keeping Up With The Joneses
"Too many people buy things they don’t need with money they don’t have to impress people they don’t know."
We live in a world in which money and material holdings are very important in our lives. How we look at ourselves and others often define the way we spend our money. We try to better ourselves and this makes us vulnerable to credit and debt problems. We borrow money to buy the things we want and need and sometimes we borrow more than we are able to repay.
Trying to keep up the Joneses may become a way of life that puts us in a precarious position that eventually threatens our lifestyles and causes financial instability. We fail to stop and consider the fact that there are many unseen factors that lie between our own finances and that of the Joneses.
The expression “Keeping up with the Joneses” makes reference to the desire to own as much, and to appear to be as well to do, as others around us. Unfortunately, many personal bankruptcies have been filed because of the need to keep up with the Joneses.
There are many who are not swayed by the financial success of others and are able to "walk to the beat of their own drummer," so to say. However, many of us are influenced by what other people have and what we think they have.
We often equate the worth of a person with what they have acquired by way of money and material possessions, such as a house, a car, jewelry, clothes, how often they take vacations, etc. Some of us think that it is important to be like the "Joneses," and not being able to keep up makes us feel........
"Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain."
Holiday shopping is good for retailers and the economy
Holiday shopping season can either make or break retailers because many companies make anywhere from a half to two thirds of their yearly profits between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and on into the first weeks of the new year. This makes the holiday shopping season a very important part of the overall health of the economy. The amount of profits made during this period may determine whether or not a company is able to survive throughout the following year.
The holiday shopping season is also good for the job market because many new employment opportunities are created during this time. Seasonal employment help many people put extra money in their pockets which, in turn, is spent and re-circulated back in to the economy. On top of that, if sales are brisk and retailers make enough profits, it could mean full time employment opportunities for some of the workers.
How do retailers get people to spend their money in their establishments? Most retailers, big and small, find it prudent to offer big sales and discounts during the days leading up to Christmas. The closer it gets to Christmas, the more........
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