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Jealousy of friends and neighbors' lives

Most Readers Say the Grass Isn't Greener

I recently asked readers to share whose lives they lust after and was inspired to learn most of you don't think the grass is greener on the other side. Who does the SavvySugar community envy?

  • GlowingMoon admits: 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.
  • Spectra shares: Nobody's, which is probably why we aren't like 90 percent 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.
  • Anonymous says: Most people are more successful than I am. But I would never trade my life for theirs. The grass may seem greener on the other side. But to actually have to live it. No thanks.

To see what makes readers feel a little green,


  • lilkimbo says: 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!
  • imLissy dishes: I'm doing much better than most people I know, except maybe my co-workers who all make the same as me, if not more.
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