SHARE, SAVE, SPEND SPEECH
When I first found out I had to attend the share, save, and spend class I was anything but enthused. Why were my parents making me do this? I don’t need someone to tell me how to spend my money. A couple weeks into the class I realized there was a point. Majority of my previous purchases were unnecessary. Everything I had bought was for momentary satisfaction and of no meaning.
Last week I went to New York City with a couple of my friends. We found ourselves on the silver jewelry level of Tiffany’s. Everything in sight had the words Tiffany & Co. on it. Caught in the moment of it all, my friends each bought a necklace and earrings with the infamous Return to Tiffany & Co. emblem engraved on. Were the purchases mainly to let everyone know where the jewelry came from? Absolutely. Three hours and a couple hundred dollars later we made our way down to Canal Street.
As soon as we exited the cab, five street vendors approached us. All they could say was Gucci, Chanel, Coach, and Prada. Not content with their previous purchases we entered every vendor’s store. I stood and watched as my friends threw their money away on faux jewelry all obviously displaying the brand. After purchasing the jewelry they loved, they still wanted more. We went into the next vendors store to buy purses. Once again, they bought something to display the brands logo. Now out of money we left Canal Street.
Fortunately, my parents told me not to buy anything unnecessary. This angered me at the time because how I was supposed to display my new purchases. After all the shopping I realized that my parents rule was good because in two months all the purchases would have lesser value to me. This saved me and my parents a lot of money. Another good rule my parents enforce is every time I make money half of it goes into my savings account so that way I can’t waste my money on meaningless purchases. Saving money is a good lesson for anyone because in life when you need it...