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I'm Asking: Who's Your Mr. and Mrs. Jones?

I'm Asking: Who's Your Mr. and Mrs. Jones?

These days we hear more about Keeping Up With the Kardashians than keeping up with the Joneses, but the idea of coveting thy neighbor's life never completely fades.

In The Joneses, which is released today, we get a cheeky commentary about our culture's consumer habits. I've yet to see the movie, but the preview got me thinking about my life, career, and finance models. While I've had the same nuclear group of friends for more than a decade, our lives have diverged drastically in the last decade as our careers and relationships have grown and changed. I look up to them, but because I know the details of lives, I appreciate them instead of envying them. If I'm being honest, I get green with envy when I compare my life to my cousin's because we were born weeks apart. Whose life do you look up to or lust after?

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Spectra Spectra 5 years
Nobody's, which is probably why we aren't like 90% of the population who feels the need to do that and ends up living above their means. Sure, my parents drive a brand-new car, but they're financed up to their eyeballs on it and have two mortgages on their house. Message is: Things are not always what they seem.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
Truthfully, nobody. I think my husband and I are content with our lives, so we want for nothing. If other people are doing well, my husband and I would be happy for them rather than be competitive about it.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
I don't let it consume me or anything, but sometimes I get a little jealous of friends who still live in suburbs in the midwest (mostly Ohio) and can afford to buy decent sized houses. Living in D.C., it's just not in the cards for me in the near future. (Actually, the studio condos I'm looking at tend to be at least $50,000 more, but sometimes as much as $150,000 more than my friends' houses!) But, I wouldn't give up where I live just to have a bigger house; I love living in the city!
Miss-Infamous Miss-Infamous 5 years
I dont lust after anyones life. Of course I would love to be more successful
imLissy imLissy 5 years
I'm doing much better than most people I know, except maybe my coworkers who all make the same as me, if not more.
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