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I'm Asking: Have You Ever Felt the Need to Keep Up With the Joneses?

I'm Asking: Have You Ever Felt the Need to Keep Up With the Joneses?

Everyone knows the phrase 'keeping up with the Joneses,' and this type of competition often causes people to live beyond their means. It's not always apparent that this mentality is the cause for wanting certain things, but retrospect can show that you may not have done or purchased something so elaborate if it weren't for the people around you. Have you ever felt the need to keep up?


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GiGiG GiGiG 8 years
When I was younger, I always wanted more. My parents were cheap, now my husband is cheap. So basically, I haven't been allowed to keep up with the Joneses since birth and I'm used to it. I am a product of my environment. :)
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 8 years
There are many more people who don't have what the "Joneses" have than people that do, so I don't worry about it. I prefer not to have the newest iPod or whatever, rather than being stressed about paying the rent.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
I'm with bellaressa, I barely can pay my rent, so I don't buy things unless I absolutely need it!
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
Never. I feel sorry for people stuck in 'The Matrix'.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
Sometimes. I have some friends who like to flash what they own, particularly if the items are name-brand or expensive. But I also have very down-to-earth friends who help keep me grounded, and honestly, it's too tiring and expensive to keep up with the Joneses. Not worth it.
sorrowja sorrowja 8 years
No . . . We live within our means (my husband is the Budget King) and although we aren't rich among our friends (both his and mines) we are the "Joneses" although we don't push that in any of our friends faces we work very hard and make a lot of sacrifices.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Hmm I wonder if the ppl commenting on this thread are the same ones I see on Fab and Bella coveting $90 eyeshow and $5K purses ;)
Spectra Spectra 8 years
No way. I could care less what other people have. My mother, on the other hand, is exactly the opposite. She always wants the latest, coolest thing that her friends have (or that me and my sister have). I'm so glad I never really caught on with doing that. I think I'd be a lot poorer otherwise.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
when i was younger living in NYC for the first time, i was a stylist working with socialites and celebrities and image is everything when you're a stylist - so i did feel like to get ahead i had to kind of live beyond my means. luckily i was making a decent amount of money that i didn't dig myself into too big of a hole.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
When I was married, I felt the need to keep up with other married couples. Now that I'm divorced, I could care less about what other people have.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Not since I was a teenager. I outgrew that mentality.
sundrops sundrops 8 years
Hell yes. Otherwise I wouldn't be on beauty sugar and bella sugar : ) hehe. Actually, it has more to do with being able to give my kids the "good life" when I look around and see all these older parents with their kids taking trips, having houses (we're in an apartment), and so on.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Sometimes. But usually it's not to show up anybody else...I just really *love* new technology. Less likely to feel this way lately though, I don't spend what I don't have - I'm not crazy! :)
psterling psterling 8 years
Sometimes. I can get a bit jealous in a harmless way but I always live within my means.
Soapboxer Soapboxer 8 years
Nope. I know people of all ages buy into this rubbish but that makes it no less high school, worry about you.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
I don't feel like this at all. If I want something, it's because I want it, regardless of how cool and "in" the item is.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
No, most stuff people have - I do not. I worry about other stuff and do not have time to keep up with anything but paying the rent!
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
Yes, when I was a teenager, that was a while ago,I have moved on and feel happy with what we have.
dcfashionista dcfashionista 8 years
Nope, I just buy the things that I want or need and am more of a trend setter.
syako syako 8 years
Nah. We're comfortable and happy.
teegaall teegaall 8 years
Yes but not so much lately as I'm looking for a job and am trying to save money instead of just buying things I don't need.
foxie foxie 8 years
Nah, I'm deeply unhip.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
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