Just think about the number of gadgets the average family (two adults, two kids) feels it is "necessary" to have these days -- vs. our parents' generation (for those of us over 35):
|Satellite radio||Transistor radio (AM, FM)|
|A television in every room||A television in every home|
|Cable (or satellite or "phone company" TV)||Rabbit ears|
|Premium channels (HBO, Showtime, etc.)||ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS|
|DVR||Sh*t out of luck|
|Computers (typically two or more)||The library, an encyclopedia, a calculator (or pencil and paper)|
|Smart phones -- and texting and data plans||Party lines -- and yelling out the window|
|Wii/Xbox 360 + games||Stickball, riding your bike up and down the street|
|iPads||Drawing pads, board games|
You add up all those things and that's thousands of dollars we are spending, each year. (The spouse and I did the math.) And all so we can, what? Watch the Super Bowl on a 60-inch plasma HDTV? Buy sh*t on eBay we don't really need? Play games at work? Drunk text semi-nude pictures of ourselves? Brag about where we are having dinner or are staying on vacation on Facebook?
And does your 3-year-old really need her own special kid-friendly $479 tablet?! (Apparently the people at VINCI think so.)
At some point, you gotta stop the madness -- or stop whining about how broke you are.
Btw, lest my Republican friends start reading me the riot act about free-market capitalism, I'm not advocating Communism, just a little (or a lot) less Consumerism.
That said, if one of you does have a 60-inch plasma HDTV and is planning on watching the Super Bowl on it, can we come over and watch with you?