Even Donald Trump has something to say about this

Have you noticed how it seems that as a society we’ve become obsessed with self image? I mean, seriously, take a good look around you and you’ll see what I mean.

Let’s start with the houses in our streets. Why do we seem to be obsessed with having the biggest and latest look in construction? If you live in an older suburb, have you noticed how many places are either upgraded in space and design or have been completely pulled down to make way for a much larger, more modern building.

And when it comes to buying houses, I ask why a young newly married couple would need a house with 4 or 5 bedrooms. Could it mean that they’ve already decided to sleep alone in separate rooms? Or is it because it gives them bragging rights in the ‘who’s got the biggest mortgage’ stakes?

If the statistics showing that the average person lives in their house for only 7 years are true, then buying what we need now would possibly be a sensible approach. There aren’t too many newly-weds these days that can or even want to fill such huge houses within the space of 7 years.

When it comes to our gardens every bush and blade of grass is trimmed within a centimetre of perfection. And if we can’t do it for ourselves, there is a huge industry of gardeners who are available to give that flawless look to the exterior of our homes.

I often wonder why somebody with only a 700 metre square block of land would need a ride-on mower. I can understand if it’s because they’ve got a problem with their legs, can’t walk, and therefore might not be able to push a mower. But I also wonder if it’s an image thing?

Or maybe it’s to save some time so that they can head down to the gym for a fitness work-out?

And there’s another thing; we’re so obsessed with losing weight and having a ‘hot body’ that we’re literally spending thousands of dollars each year to ensure that we can still fit into our wedding attire from 25 years or more ago. Surely every bump, lump and wrinkle tells a story that we should be proud to share.

The cosmetics industry is making millions from our self-image obsession. And it’s not just women who are spending up big to make themselves look as unblemished as, if not better than, everybody else. Men too are now spending huge sums for primping and preening their image in an attempt at outer perfection.

Have you noticed how we’re obsessed with having the biggest and smartest car? Why else would there be so many brand new four-wheel drive vehicles in the parking lot. Do we really need them? Do we have to drive across great lengths of dirt roads, filled with pot holes and ruts every day? Judging from the lack of dirt on these vehicles, I would say the answer is no.

Maybe there really is some truth to the rumour that we spend too much of our money to impress people that we don’t even know or like. Some statistics are showing that 75% of the money we spend is being spent on our image. That doesn’t leave much for the necessities in life, does it?

Competition is healthy, but sometimes I think we’ve gone a little too far in ‘being the best’.

And whilst some people foolishly spout the belief that ‘nothing succeeds like excess’ even Donald Trump has been known to say “A little more moderation would be good”.


Carmel McCartin – Budget Bitch

And don’t forget – (The views expressed in this blog are the personal opinions of the author. Don’t rely on them to make financial decisions, you have to make up your own mind. If you don’t like the content – then either stop reading or send me an email)



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