Disclaimer before my Rant: I love America and am proud to be an American and there is no other place on earth I would rather live.... Thus Said.... here are my thoughts on today, the 4th of July.
I was raised with this mentality...
"Never spend your money until you've earned it"
"Know this, some unexpected expense WILL come along, so save any extra you can find" thanks to my Dad for these wise words.
As I left Wal-Mart at 6:30 AM today, I overheard this conversation between 2 men, working for just above minimum wage cleaning floors at Walmart. One sat waiting for the bus after working all night, the other was waiting just inside for McDonald's to open for morning coffee. The one on the bus bench says
"come on, I will take you to Starbucks"
"man are you sure?" with surprise in his voice
"sure, I'm sure!" says last of the big time spenders
Say What? does he realize he could buy coffee for a month for the price it will cost him?
My children and others say, I CAN"T Save for hard times, I barely make enough to live.
My answer to that is "Skip the Starbucks and put that money in an envelope for emergency's,
skip the big gulp at the 7-Eleven. skip the bottles out of the drink box at 1.25 each and Save for what WILL happen
Skip the trip to Disney and stop the "I deserve a vacation" mentality. Brown bag your lunch. Forget the sausage biscuit each day on the way to work, you can buy a whole week of breakfast with one day at the drive through.
I have seen co-workers eat breakfast and lunch out daily and then not have the money to buy gas for their car or to stock up on hurricane supplies when a storm threatens.
We have become a nation of get it now, get it all NOW. bigger, better, more is the motto.
Me first and Me always, the I deserve this!
Has America become the land of the slave to materialism? A land of Spend it all even if I don't have it?
PS, all photos were taken on my trip to Wal-Mart except the header which is a flag I took several years ago. All Photos are my own.