Congratulations, You Can Spend Money!

Unless you are fortunate enough to only have friends and family members who make smart financial decisions, then you have likely had multiple chances to witness what I like to think of as – the pat on the back for spending money.

I can’t even begin to count the number of times that I see someone post on Facebook or Twitter that they just purchased a new car, new electronic item or pretty much anything else that one can buy. And every single time this happens, numerous people offer their congratulations at this wondrous achievement of exchanging money for goods.

This baffles me. Telling people about an insane deal you just got on something, well, I totally get that because not every can buy things at a discount, right? Right. But posting a photo of a new car that you just financed? Well, it’s really not that difficult to walk into a car dealership and drive out in a new ride.

What is more confusing is that the buyers actually take pride in their ability to purchase things, like it is some skill that few possess. If you do a search online, then you will notice a lot of people out there complaining about this type of bragging. Last year, the Wall Street Journal even published an article about how we brag all the time on social networks.

If you look at that article, or any of the countless others out there on the same topic, then you’ll quickly notice that the people commenting fall into two camps. One is annoyed and the other thinks that the annoyed group are unable to feel happiness for other people. Regardless of which camp you fall in, one thing is certain – wouldn’t it be great to see tons of people getting congratulated about savings loads of money instead of buying a new iPhone?

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