Ben Franklin once said that a penny saved is a penny earned. Pennies saved turn into nickels, dimes, quarters, and finally dollars. Whatever happened to the basics. You know, the basics that say if you spend more than you make, you’re in the red or in some serious trouble. You know, working within the confines of what you’re given; this might be construed as working inside the box.
In our society of more, more, more, it’s no wonder the economy is not good. With foreclosures up, divorce rates due to financial strain have skyrocketed, along with the high price of gas, groceries, etc., it’s no wonder we are swimming in a sea of debt, with no preserver in sight. It’s time to get back to the basics.
Back to the basics, I know, easier said than done, but what other choice do we have. Continue down the same road we are and hope it gets better or stop this fiasco and do things differently. It is my understanding that everyone wants to save money, but no one wants to admit it. We spend our time and money trying to keep up with the Joneses because we want others to think that we have more than we really do, all this to our detriment. Is this approach really working? You tell me. So here’s my economic bailout … STOP! Stop what you’re doing. Stop with the more, more, more. Get off the ride because it’s making you sick. Money doesn’t grow on trees, even though it is made out of paper (okay technically linen and cotton) and creating more only adds to the problem. Mom always said that we live in a capitalistic society, but we don’t have to live the capitalistic way. As Nancy Reagan said, “Just Say No.” No to the debt, no to the overspending, and no to the Joneses.
It is still possible to make money without reaching so far into society’s pockets because right now all you’re coming out with is lint and string. The economy is hurting because all we see are dollar signs. Have we forgotten that there are people behind those dollar signs. Real people with real issues, real money problems, and lack. Let’s stop destroying ourselves and one another financially. It’s time to stop. It’s time for a new way of doing things; it’s time to get back to the basics.