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The Money Reality Vs The Fantasy

By Howard Martin

In these tough times, we need to realize the difference between the American dream and the harsh reality. Every day, people are sinking further into debt, losing their homes, and losing a lifestyle that they have always dreamed of. The economy is not to blame, we are. We have become mesmerized by material wealth.

Money Runs Through Our Fingers

Every day we are exposed to television programs and magazine articles showing us how successful people live. Magnificent homes, flashy cars and wardrobes bigger than some homes packed full of designer clothing are portrayed as the measure of success. We not only admire them, we strive to be like them.

TV would be pretty boring if it just showed ordinary people living their lives, so the media give us a peak into the lives of the rich and famous, or characters depicting that life. Producers are aware of our aspiration for material wealth, and advertise products and services to further entice us into a buying frenzy.

We no longer have a few hours to consider whether we really need the products being advertised. Online shopping means you can buy the products you see advertised immediately, without considering whether you really need them.

Keep Your Money For What You Need

Think twice before you purchase that special item you cannot live without. Will it really make a difference in your life? There are very few purchases that will change your life or solve your problems, and if debt is an issue, spending money will only make it worse. Think about all the purchases you have made that are gathering dust. They did not solve your problems, and a new pair of shoes will not change your life. We all need money for shelter and food, to pay our daily living expenses like rent, fuel and utilities. Being able to pay these bills gives us security.

The attraction of material things dwindles as you feel more secure, looking after the necessities before the wants.

Spending money on things you cannot afford, no matter how nice they look, will not ease the stress of debt or financial burdens.

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Martin, Howard "The Money Reality Vs The Fantasy." The Money Reality Vs The Fantasy. 25 Jul. 2010. 10 May 2017 <>.

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Martin, Howard "The Money Reality Vs The Fantasy"

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