Sunday, February 15, 2009

Shopping is my therapy!

I love shopping, it's probably one of my favorite things to do. I think that shopping can be good and bad at the same time. First of all, I think shopping is good because it helps our economy going. I mean if no one shops we wouldn't have the hundreds and thousands of jobs we do today! But than again, it could be bad because some people spend way too much money on shopping and when I say shopping I don't mean grocery shopping. I mean clothes and appliances that people may not really need. Speaking from personal experience, I know I shopping sometimes just because I have nothing to do, and usually spend way more money than I should!

I guess one thing young kids could learn from shopping is that, it helps to shop when you can afford too, but it's something that you shouldn't have to do all the time. You don't need to buy a new cellphone every two months because there's a new phone with a new technology. Or you don't always have to buy new clothes just because someone in your school has it.

It's very hard not to buy things because it's the latest thing out there, or it's very hard not to buy something because someone else has it because some people base their status on the things they own. For an example, I person who makes $100,000 a year wouldn't be driving a 1995 Toyota (no offense to anyone that does, just an example) They would be driving a BMW or a Lexus. Why? Because by having a nice car people will know that you make a lot of money. Same goes to brand name clothes and houses. I think that it's sad that that's what people do, but than again you can't blame them because that's their money, and when people have the money, they spend it on nice things. And I believe that's how it's been for people in the U.S. we spend money to show off our status.

I'm not sure on how to get young people to think about their experiences with shopping, but I believe that we can try to teach them that there is a smart way to shop and a not so smart way. I mean like buying things that they don't need, or to buy things that are a cheaper brand. And just because you have money doesn't mean you should spend it.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting insight on "shopping" would you relate it to education? You made a good point about reaching out to young people and having them start shopping smart.