May 14th 2007 5:37AM I find it interesting that people complain that they have no money because of gasoline or George W. Bush when many lease vehicles (how many of them had a SUV when they were popular?), smoke cigarettes, drink bottled water or sodas instead of (filtered) tap water, drink coffee from Starbuck's instead of the office pot, own an iPod, purchase videogames and gaming systems when they're released, eat fast food, go to bars and order drinks, go to a movie theatre and buy concessions... this doesn't even involve spoiling children.
What it comes down to is that many people live beyond their means. Is it easier to blame society or your lack of budgeting?
No one is forcing you to waste your money on anything but taxes. People tend to live paycheck to paycheck even if they get that raise that they were hoping for. Learn to pay yourself first and invest in retirement instead of that plasma television.