​Try this on for size

Last Update: Sep 4, 2014

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No, this is not about your normal apparel sizes, but wait a minute, maybe it is. When we admire people in their nice outfits, cute cars, beautiful houses etc, do we think about the size of their debt? or just would like that similar lifestyle in our own size.



Thinking about the size might ruin our taste because that means seeing the complete picture of the person whose “stuff” we admire. So, more often than not, we would rather just keep our focus on the mundane thing rather than looking deeper to see the person. Seeing the person is like imagining what their life is really like and what they may be going through.



I'm learning not to judge a book by its cover, literally, because there is so much to discover when I start turning the pages.


The price of those fancy stuff is another thing to consider. Hey, when admiring someone, please try and factor in the total picture, it might not be pretty at all. Not all that glitters is gold.



My question to you is, “Do you look at the faces of those who wear sharp clothes or ride fancy cars and try to imagine what their life is really like?” Seriously, that might change your mind about a lot of things.

Set your own pace and run your own race.

Ade

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I love this! Such a good point! Well taken! M

Thanks!

The company I work for is a family business and they are self proclaimed multi millionaires. It's hard not to envy them when you bear witness to some of their extravagant spending habits.

The wife in particular is someone I openly admit to judging on the outside, just the freedom she "seems" to have, to go and please as she likes is something I yearn for. With that said, I don't know what happens when she's out the office door...........

That's true! People put up a facade as though things are hunky dory and perhaps it is so for your employer but you just never know her "reality".

I want to believe they are as successful on the inside as they are on the outside. But you can't judge the book by its cover until you've read what is inside.

You never know what is behind the door until you open it. Things are not always as they seem.

I don't usually think about it but, like Christina, gave up "keeping up with the joneses years ago." And I try NOT to judge by appearance, but by what's inside.

The Joneses are not likely to share their secrets. They usually keep us guessing. Lol

I quit "keeping up with the Joneses" a long time ago. Much happier now. I judge other people by character, not what they wear, where they live, or what they drive.

Good decision. I would rather cut my coat according to my cloth not my size.

You are right. It is important to keep an eye on the size of the debt before we consider anything else. Blessings!
Hilda

In that case, Hilda, size does matter. Thanks for your input.

I've never been a car nut. Always preferred mid sized "every day folks cars". To me, a car is a tool to take me from point A to point B, not a status symbol.
I am the status, not the kind of car I drive.
The money I saved in my 50 years of driving went for making my life more enjoyable, not worrying about car notes or idiotic expenses for service and repairs
My 5 cents worth
John

I'm with you, John! Another thing is that once a brand new car, even the luxury one, is driven out of the car dealership, it becomes a used car, period!

Interesting perspective. No, I USUALLY don't. However now that you brought this to my attention, I won't be able to stop. Hmmmm, is this good or bad? LOL.

If we can afford the lifestyle without getting into "trouble", I'm all for it.

I agree but so many people don't think that way then go bankrupt and guess who pays in the long run....us that are being money conscious. OK, I'm going to just sit back and BREATHE now. I'm sure you can't tell I was a finance person. LOL.

I recently saw a lady driving a brand new Volvo sport SUV sport. I drive a 2002 Volvo sedan so I always notice Volvos. I love Volvos, I've always had them, but I buy them used and never pay more then eight grand.

I knew this one was new, because it still had the sticker in the window. I looked at the lady and it crept up inside me. I said "bitch" and sped ahead of her. Then I thought the same thing you are saying. I wondered how much in debt she, and, or her husband, went into to purchase that $90,000 vehicle - I went home and looked up the price. If you buy a new Volvo by the way, you get a trip to Sweden to test drive your new acquisition for a couple of weeks before they ship it home for you.

Then I wondered if the car really made her happier or feel more important as she drove down the streets of Missoula, Montana - a town where people mostly drive used Subarus or trucks - or used Passats, Audis and Volvos. They're great when driving to the ski hills.

So yes, let's enjoy our sub nice cars and get on with the business of being able to pay cash for the car we would like to have sometime in the near future.

Absolutely, Tina! Some folks are "dying to belong".

That's funny you said that, I always wonder how far in debt they are!

We all want to be good:

Get
Out
Of
Debt

I have lived on cash for the last 25 years till recently, so my debt is really. really low.

You are one of the good ones.

Thank you :)

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