How to Stop Keeping up With the Joneses?

You may find yourself drowning in consumerism, spending too much money, and constantly upgrading your stuff to the latest and greatest. Many times this is a symptom of keeping up with the Joneses.

What Does Keeping Up With The Joneses Mean?

Keeping up with the Joneses is an idiom that originated in a comic strip in the early 1900s and represents comparing your peers or neighbors as a benchmark for what ou goods and lifestyle upgrades you should have. If you aren’t keeping up, then you are being left behind.

Why Do People Try To Keep Up With the Joneses?

It’s human nature for us to want to be liked by others. We want to be happier and socially accepted. So it’s normal to think the grass is greener with more stuff.

How to Stop Keeping up With the Joneses

If you feel you might be struggling with overspending or comparing yourself to others, then the below steps might help you break the bad financial cycle.

1. Analyze why you are trying to keep up with the Joneses

It may be more of a subconscious spending issue for many of us that we generally are not realizing. Or you might recognize it but try to ignore the problem out of existence.

2. Figure out your financial values

What are your values and beliefs meaningful to you in your life? What are things that you genuinely value spending money on? Are what others you see spending money on something you value?

3. Take a deeper look into the Joneses

You won’t always know all the truths, but if you remind yourself that others like to put on the best show, it can lift any pressure on yourself to be perfect and focus less on appearances.

4. Stop following what others are doing so much

But if you find yourself constantly scrolling and following what others are buying or looking to up the ante, you need to find a way to dial it back.  This can mean steering conversations differently, removing social media from your phone, or taking a break for a while from it all to keep your mind clear.

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