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monkeyhands From: monkeyhands Date: November 30th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think her post was really about the dishonesty of articles, books, etc that claim to be giving helpful money-saving advice when really they're about either spending more or at the very least buying into deeply unhelpful patterns of thinking. And about the lies we tell ourselves.

And about the lies that other people tell us, to sell us things. If you can use someone's feminism or insecurities or emotional problems or broken family or desire for social justice to manipulate them into buying more, why on earth wouldn't you try using their desire to spend less to manipulate them into buying more? Particularly since it works almost every time you try it!
juggzy From: juggzy Date: November 30th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've just read all the Sunday Newspaper Magazines - well, the Telegrah, the Times and I had a look at the Observer online. All of them are full of ways to cut the cost of Christmas by spending or handy tips for Credit Crunch presents that are still more than I can ever afford, or think it worth affording, anyway.

It's not so much the lies that we tell ourselves, it's more about the lies that the relatively very rich tell themselves about what it's like to have no money. Not that I'm poor, but, you know.

Anyway. I agree that most media are being terribly dishonest about this. Motley Fool used to be full of good advice years ago, but when I took a look at it a couple of months back I was shocked with the way that it had become the mouthpiece for parsimony-as-fashion.

Bring back the eighties, I say.
beingjdc From: beingjdc Date: December 1st, 2008 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes - I think that's an entirely fair point, all I'm saying is that I think Martin Lewis is pretty much one of the good guys, and that "The best way to save money is to buy less stuff, not just cheaper stuff" is worth a blog post, maybe a chapter in a book on moneysaving, but I don't think that you could make a whole site out of it...
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