It's Not About the Money, Money, Money

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    Posted on Monday, Oct 30, 2017
    “Love don’t cost a thing,” “forget about the price tag,” “Can you pay my bills?” – All of these songs have one thing in common: they mention that green dollar bill! Everywhere you go, there is always something with a price tag on it—food items in the grocery store, gas at the gas station, clothing articles in a boutique and the list goes on.  The world thrives on money, and in most cases, it is not a good thing.  Statistics shows that for every person who has $10 in their pocket and no debt, they automatically are wealthier that 25% of most Americans (https://www.factslides.com/s-Money).  It is crazy to think that with money comes budgeting, but it is the reality of life.   As we get older, especially in college, we are faced with the fact that in order to have a substantial lifestyle, we need to budget our spending—making pie charts and monthly reads of what we bought more, whether it be food (I understand that Chick-fil-A was calling your name 3 times every week) or entertainment (because movie producers just had to release all their movies the same month).
     
    I understand the power struggle.  Trust me, I am living proof of it right now.  However, there is ONE MAJOR THING that money holds no object to.  When it comes to my sweet tooth, money is no longer just money to me.  Money is seen as a survival aid to me when I see that frozen yogurt sign on Texas, or when I go shopping at Walmart and I enter the ‘snacks’ aisle! Brownies, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate, doughnuts, bear claws – my mouth is just watering as I type this. Growing up in Belize, my parents would always reward me with ice cream or a KitKat Bar (because the Crunch Bar no longer sold at my grocery store – I was mad for 2 months when I could not eat it anymore) whenever I got all A’s in my classes or did well in a scholastic competition.  It was cheaper for them, and it gained them a happy child!  Now, in 2017, I find that I have to have not only 3 meals a day but 2 snacks in between those meals.  Not just any regular snacks though, sweet tasting snacks such as Welches’ Mixed Fruit Snacks, or a Nature Valley Bar.  On special occasions, I will break out the debit card and treat myself to some frozen yogurt or even a tall Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks when I am feeling fancy!
     
    With that said though, I do manage how often I eat sweet snacks for health reasons.  I do not binge on it every day of the week (I tried my first semester for a month – did not do well to me) but I do not starve or deprive myself of the goodness in life through food.  Now, you may not enjoy and divulge in the sweet goodness like me, but tell me via email what is your ‘thing’ where money is no object to.  What is that one thing that you can automatically take out cash or your card and buy it without thinking hard about it?  Is it food? Clothes? Accessories? Shoes? Things for your house or your car?  Let me know!

    By Tamera Locke, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    Photo Attribution: http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/i-too-like-to-live-dangerously/83186616/