Save for A Rainy Day (An Opnion)
Are Americans in trouble financially? There's no doubt our society is built on consumerism. I see plenty of young adults driving luxury cars, we're bombarded with messages that tell us that success is measured by the things you own, and it can be hard to not fall into the trap of materialism.
Growing up, my father urged me to pay myself first, but as an adult it's been hard. All the bills, which included mounting credit debt, and a mortgage, made it nearly impossible for me to make saving a priority. It looks like I'm not the only one.
This article caught my attention last week. Apparently last year, Americans saved less money than since the time of the Depresssion. That's depressing. The savings rate nationally was negative 1 percent. That means people are spending more than they save, and they're paying for it primarilly with credit.
So while we spend our hard earned cash, and make these corporate exectives rich, we're digging our selves into a hole that's going to be tough to get out of. My household has managed to eliminate our debt, thankfully, and I've made a resolution to do more to keep the money in the community, and in my bank account.
Watch the adventure below.