In the society we live in so much emphasis is placed on looks, appearances, money, and other physical characteristics. How much a person has or how much they appear to have holds more weight than perhaps how much a person knows. Everyone is so obsessed with keeping up the Jones’…or rather, keeping up with the Kardashians. Tax season is upon us and there is a growing epidemic of women maxing out their credit cards or using refund anticipation loans for thousand dollar weaves, Christian Louboutin shoes, and expensive handbags just to show that they have expensive taste. But is it worth your credit to indebt yourself just so you can feign a certain lifestyle?
I personally acknowledge the fact that I can’t afford lavish things like expensive handbags and Michael Kors watches, although I could use my rent money to pay for things like that. It’s nice to be able to afford luxury items and to splurge but some women need to get their priorities straight; if you get your tax refund, try to save some of it, or put it into something useful. I’m not here to tell you what I deem as a useful expense because everyone is different. People are free to spend their money how ever they want to spend their money but just remain true to you. The media makes women think we have to fit a certain mold. When you watch any of popular reality television shows on cable, you will see how much the characters of the show glorify expensive things and living a certain lifestyle. But no one expects you to live like anyone else does and there’s no shame in not being able to afford certain things.
At the end of the day material things are just as expendable as some people’s salaries. I try not to give in to the consumerism shoved down our throats by the media; it’s hard not to feed into it sometimes. But I would rather be real and not have an expensive handbag than to front like I have that kind of money to blow; because I don’t. This is not to say that the women that do have money to blow shouldn’t buy nice and expensive things…if you got it, flaunt it! But my qualms are when people don’t “got it” and still proceed to front like they do have. You’re not fooling anyone. Women: we need to live within our means, especially in trying times like these. Our economy is getting a little better but if you can’t afford something, and have bills to pay, it would probably be wise to hold off on the purchase. At the end of the day, you could have as many Louis Vuitton bags and Alexander Mcqueen dresses as you want but all of those things can’t buy you happiness.
Janice Gassam is a graduate student currently getting her degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. To contact Janice her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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