Are You One Of The Joneses

Are you one of the Joneses or are your neighbors across the street?  It could be both, it’s in our culture to the buy the biggest, newest, fastest, shiniest possession. It starts very young, you want that cool toy that your friend has, you or your parents think you need fancy clothes or that new pair of shoes that cost $300.  Then you envy the guy or girl with the sports car or jacked up truck. Here are 6 steps to try and avoid being one of the Joneses, because I believe we have all tried keeping up with them at one time or another in our lives.

  1. Stop watching so much TV.  TV ads are there to make you want that new car, Iphone X, or Beats by Dr. Dre.  They are there to make you want to consume more.  Not only do ads do this, but so do shows by showing how cool it is to have the nicest things, and most luxuriance homes.  I’m not saying TV is all bad, but watching to much of it will get inside your head no matter if you’d like to admit or not.
  2. Enjoy the free things in life.  Go for a walk, hike, bike ride, run.  Head to the park and play with your kids.  Make a fancy dinner at home.  Go to the local museum.  Lay a blanket out under the stars and count them. Skip Rocks across a pond. Have friends over to play cards or a board game. These are just a few things in life that you can do for free and not worry about buying a thing.
  3. Disconnect from social media. No ones lives are perfect, but on Facebook everyone looks like they are living in a fairy tale.  They show off there vacations, fancy dinners, new house, car, Jewelry, phone,laptop, or  clothes.  Not only that, but social media sites want to sell you on there ads, just like TV does.  You don’t have to delete your Facebook, but maybe delete the app and only get on through the browser, or at least turn off the notifications.
  4. Buy things you need first. Buy essentials first, food, shelter,transportation, clothing, etc.  That doesn’t mean you have to buy these if you already have them.  You don’t have to have the latest in fashion, a house way to big for your family, or a brand new luxury car. Transportation could be a used car or one you already have, bus pass, bike, scooter, or even those two things we call feet. Make sure you have housing that fits your size of family, not one to keep up with your colleagues or friends.
  5. Then ask yourself if you really want the wants.  Wait 30 days before purchasing anything that you don’t need. Write it down or type it into your computer/phone and come back to it in 30 days. Most likely you will realize you don’t need that Iphone X, 4K 70 Inch TV, or any other new thing that your cousin, brother-in-law,friend, or parents got?  I mean your old phone, TV, or (insert anything) works just fine and there’s a good chance that whoever just bought that new (insert anything) went into debt for that product or could of spent it on going out with friends, family, or hell maybe even a vacation, or you could always save it for a time you NEED something and have an experience for free.
  6. Don’t buy Luxury possessions that don’t out weigh the cost.  I’m not saying don’t buy anything expensive. If you need a Mac for your job, get it, but don’t buy a Mac to surf Google, Facebook, or Twitter.  Your just wanting to look like one of the cool kids.  Do you really need that Brand new 50K car or would a used 2015 car bring you that the same happiness for less than half the price. Don’t buy that new Phone that came out last week, when your old one does everything that you need it to.  If you don’t want to be one of the Joneses collect memories not expensive possessions that will mean nothing to you next week.

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