Observations of a Culture Filled with Status Symbol Competition!!

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  1. Kate says:

    I was really disappointed you didn’t add a photo of one of those real life examples we pass every week. I had to laugh at your very vivid description of those dwellings. I could picture them perfectly in my mind. That red car is rather nice. One day, we can buy one of those to zoom around in.
    Love you,

    • Chris says:

      I didn’t want to blow anyone’s cover. And one day, maybe we’ll buy a nice red car because we want to of course. 😘

  2. Lawton says:

    This website is pretty nice! How much did it cost? Haha just applying what I learned!

    Good article! I was actually just thinking about how much money it costs to raise kids. School, sports, vacations, clothes, food. I know the payoff is worth it, but sometimes I do wish I had the nice car to show off. Thanks for getting my head back in check with truth.

    • Chris says:

      Thanks for the comment. I agree, kids can be expensive, especially the clothes and food. But in the end, stuff is just stuff. And kids are people and family. πŸ˜€

  3. I think we all fight the marketing giants every day! Even those of us in the FI community are tempted by nice things that we don’t really need. One thing that has helped me avoid big purchases is writing a blog. It brings some accountability because if I make a big purchase I know I’m probably going to have to blog about it at some point!

    • Chris says:

      Accountability is huge. If you think your will is strong enough to do it on your own . . .
      Thanks for the comment and the great point. πŸ‘

  4. Dave says:

    Good post. People are trained well by marketers. The house is a dump, but the leased Audi makes everything alright. Poverty in America includes a 70” television. Breaking the cycle is not easy, but possible.

    • Chris says:

      So true. And cable is the last thing to cut when money gets tight. Our priorities are all mixed up. Thanks for the comments.

  5. Mr. Financial Freedom Project says:

    Great article, Chris! The discrepancy between the condition of some of these homes and the vehicles / snowmobiles / jet skis / campers parked in front of them never ceases to amaze me.

    I was taught growing up that the appearance of a home was a reflection of the values and character of those living in it. That lesson always stuck with me. When I was living on my own as a young bachelor, I rented an 800 sq. foot trailer in the country on 4 acres. I took great pride in keeping that trailer and those 4 acres in pristine condition as a matter of self-respect.

    I agree with your response to Dave’s comment – as a society, our priorities are indeed all mixed up.

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