Life Tip #25

Don’t be tempted by peanut-butter-and-jelly wealth.

Residents of a particular Cincinnati suburb, close to where I once lived, were jokingly referred to as “the Peanut Butter and Jelly Rich.” When I heard that term, I was thinking what you are now, “What in the world…” Peanut Butter and Jelly Rich refers to those people who are so concerned with appearances of wealth that they go into extreme debt to buy their big house and expensive vehicles, etc. and then only have enough money left to dine on PB&J sandwiches. I suspect there are millions of families across America like this.

Don’t do that! I like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as much as the next guy, but you don’t want to be eating those things every day.

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“It was like the homes of all people who are not really rich but who want to look rich, and therefore end up looking like one another: it had damasks, ebony, plants, carpets, and bronzes, everything dark and gleaming—all the effects that a certain class of people produce so as to look like people of a certain class.” ~ Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich

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