Years ago, Will Rogers said the following quote,
"Too Many People Spend Money They Haven't Earned To Buy Things They Don't Want To Impress People They Don't Like."
When we think of this, we don't always see how it applies to our own lives. I thought of a couple of examples to make my point. First, let's say you have a neighbor that just bought lots of fabric. They enjoy sewing and do it regularly. If you wanted to keep up with the Joneses, you could go out and buy a lot of fabric too. But, what if you don't even like to sew, what would you do? It is easy to see how silly it would be to buy lots of fabric just to be like your neighbor. Second example, if you have a friend who likes to garden and does a good job. Let's say you want to be like them. You go out and buy lots of plants and grow a wonderful garden. But, your neighbor cans and freezes all of her produce, and you just let yours go to waste because you don't do any type of food preservation. It is pretty easy for all of us to see the foolishness in trying to keep up with your neighbor's garden.
What are the things that you do to try to keep up with friends, family or neighbors? Is it really smart?
What do you like to do and do well? Focus on that and don't worry about what other people are doing. You will be happier and save money as well.