Monday, July 8, 2013

Money Models

Batman isn't one of my money models, but I can appreciate his wealth just the same.

I want to talk about some of the people in my life who have really distinct money personalities - some good, some sort of not so good, but overall, they have all taught me something really important about money matters. 

The Coin Detector

My best friend sees coins on the ground from, like, ten feet away, and lets out a squeal of excitement every time she finds one. Then she kind of attacks it (before someone else can pick it up?). She is so cute when she does this that some of her friends have taken to tossing coins on the ground to watch her pick them up. She taught me that no amount is too little, and that free money is the best kind of money. 

The Ruthless Negotiator 

I once knew a guy who got things like free phones and cash because he was really smart and knew his way around warranties. He also knew how to negotiate and get what he wanted pretty much anytime he tried. He taught me that it's okay to stand up for yourself when it comes to customer service. 

The Proud Parent

One day, my dad picked me up from the bus station. I was wearing black earbuds, listening to music on my iPod. When he saw me, he got mad and said, "You have to wear white earbuds with iPods. Otherwise, people won't know that you have an iPod. People should know that you have an iPod." 

I like to tell people this story because it's quite literally one of the most ridiculous things anyone has ever said to me. I've always known that the Chinese were a proud people, but I didn't realize how deep that pride went. He didn't want anyone to think he wasn't rich enough to buy Apple products for his children. He taught me that living life to please other people is not fun, and that we should all learn to be happy with ourselves independently of our material possessions. 

The Art Advocate

A dear friend of mine has no reservations about spending his hard-earned money on things like movies, books, music, and live performances. I am a very practical person and tend to avoid spending on anything that doesn't have some kind of function, but he's slowly teaching me that you can definitely stick to a budget and still enjoy what life has to offer. 

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Do you have any money models in your life? Let me know in the comments. 


As always, contact me with questions or suggestions! You can either comment directly on the post or send me an email to moneymattersjoan@gmail.com. 

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