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Money money money

From here:

“So why are so few of the rest of us able to apply out rightous attitudes to our wallets? It’s the question every personal finance book for the young and moneyless has attempted to answer. It usually goes like this, “Slaves to debt, living paycheck to paycheck, credit card to credit card, a tragic and growing number of twenty- and thirty-somethings have little if any financial cushion.” What seems more serious is the apparent lack of empowerment needed to change, to dig ourselves out of financial misery. My own money “issues” have been and sometimes continue to be the following (raise your hand if this is you): an inability to delay gratification, a mad desire for all things Hollywood prescibes (and by Hollywood I mean Jennifer Aniston), and a false feeling of protection when pulling out the plastic (credit cards, not condoms).”

Where to start.

  1. One cannot empower oneself, surely? Either one can do something, or one cannot. The rest is psychobabble.
  2. Using double quotes around “issues” makes you look like an idiot. Actually, the very word itself does a good job of that on its own.
  3. The same goes (usually) for (excessive and pointless) use of parentheses.
  4. Nobody should ever raise their hand in response to a book. Doing so makes one look like a fool.
  5. Stop. Italicising. Text.
  6. Isn’t Jennifer Aniston, at a guess, in her forties by now? In any case, she’s hardly a cultural touchstone for twentysomethings. Did it take that long to get published?
  7. The condom reference might seem risque if you travel through time back to 1983. Today, why not remove the last set of brackets and everything contained within them? Just a thought.
  8. “You’re so money”? Swingers was released in 1996. A decade is a long time.

In any case, I reckon I could boil this book down to one bullet point:

  1. If you want to save money, don’t buy stuff you don’t need.

Twenty-somethings, for this (message of) “empowerment”, you are welcome. Condoms!

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