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The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need #2020

The Overspent American Why We Want What We Don t Need The Overspent American explores why so many of us feel materially dissatisfied why we work staggeringly long hours and yet walk around with ever present mental wish lists of things to buy or get and

  • Title: The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need
  • Author: Juliet B. Schor
  • ISBN: 9780060977580
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need By Juliet B. Schor, The Overspent American explores why so many of us feel materially dissatisfied, why we work staggeringly long hours and yet walk around with ever present mental wish lists of things to buy or get, and why Americans save less than virtually anyone in the world Unlike many experts, Harvard economist Juliet B Schor does not blame consumers lack of self discipline Nor doThe Overspent American explores why so many of us feel materially dissatisfied, why we work staggeringly long hours and yet walk around with ever present mental wish lists of things to buy or get, and why Americans save less than virtually anyone in the world Unlike many experts, Harvard economist Juliet B Schor does not blame consumers lack of self discipline Nor does she blame advertisers Instead she analyzes the crisis of the American consumer in a culture where spending has become the ultimate social art.

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    1. I don t even know where to start on reviewing this book other than to say that every once in awhile I read a book that can completely shake me to the core I haven t lost this much sleep since my youngest was an infant I am up at 2 a.m wondering, Am I trying to keep up with the Joneses my sister incidentally Or am I fitting in okay with my reference group, and do I care If I do care, why Did I buy designer jeans because of status or just because they feel and look good Do I think they look good d [...]

    2. Do you know what I always seem to buy too much of Bananas I am always tossing brown bananas in the trash But I never slow down my banana purchasing I think it s because I feel lame buying just one or two bananas I feel like you need to buy a whole bundle to justify the purchase I am also afraid I might REALLY want a banana, and there won t be any in my fruit bowl.

    3. 1 Our society s constant desire to upgrade everything cars, homes, furnishings, clothes, etc is a relatively new trend 2 Studies show that we have than ever, but we aren t any happier than earlier generations.3 True or false On average, for every hour people watch tv per week, their annual savings decrease by than 200.

    4. As good as this book is, it s outdated The most recent research is about 1998, and a lot has changed in 10 years It s a shame that things haven t been updated, since I think as time goes on the information has only become relevant.If it s good enough to keep in print, why isn t it good enough to update

    5. One of the better books about consumption work materialism money self worth It s interesting how a book like this can go right hand in hand with a book about investing and financial independence Would like to go back and re read this one soon.

    6. i really cannot say enough good things about this book it s well written, well researched and incredibly interesting the most shocking thing to me is that the content is so relevant to today and yet it was written in 1998so, it was good timing for me since we just rented what would jesus buy, directed by morgan spurlock, and that film discusses something a little similar in terms of people s shopping habits at christmas how the spending has spiraled out of control and how americans go into debt [...]

    7. Meh First of all, the edition the library had was published in 1998 It was than slightly outdated I think the author genuinely enjoys writing but perhaps a non fiction book isn t the best place to over use the thesaurus for uncommon words as well as make up words when the thesaurus failed The first chapter was a fantastic synopsis of the entire book, rendering the rest of the book to be somewhat redundant This book seemed to get hung up on the driving force of keeping up with the Joneses withou [...]

    8. I re read this book whenever I feel like spending a huge amount of money on things I don t really need Its an excellent snapshot of lower middle class spending since the 1970 s and into the 80 s If you want to read this book, pick up the updated version published in 1998 this one is too outdated to be helpful much longer This book reminds me of the power of advertising and envy.

    9. Below are key lessons in the form of excerpts that I found particularly insightful from this book in which Juliet analyzes the crisis of the American consumer in a culture where spending has become the ultimate social act 1 While I believe all Americans are deeply affected by consumerism, this book is directed to peoplewhose income afford comfortable lifestyle I focus on affluent consumers not because I believe that inequalities of consuming power are unimportant Far from it They are at the hea [...]

    10. Schor positions herself as a contemporary of Veblen To his well known theory of conspicuous consumption, she adds the desire to belong to a group and express a certain status consumption related with personal identity the commodity reflects personal attributes seen as desirable by the consumer one seeks to be a member of a certain reference group, although one s perceived group is wildly out of touch socially formed aspirations and expectations don t lead to satisfaction, despite popular concept [...]

    11. A fascinating look at the sociology behind Americans obsession with materialism It is much complicated than you may think but pretty fascinating The book explains why we want what we don t need You may not even realize that you are being affected by some of these societal pressures The book also offers some good suggestions for breaking these pressures and getting back to a simple life Would recommend

    12. From buying stuff we don t need to overextending ourselves on credit, we give Juliet Schor plenty of ammunition for her thesis Her book has good anecdotes and lively writing, but also is backed by solid research on our spending patterns and the relationship between consumption and happiness limited, as you might expect

    13. A book that made me think hard about my own spending habits that s a miracle The first half is stronger than the second mostly because I wasn t impressed with her sample of downshifters and their concerns examples are a bit dated Still, well worth the read if you re in to this kind of thing.

    14. Another life changing book I thought that I was above being manipulated by corporations But, I learned that I was not Read it, you will never impulse buy without thinking again.

    15. interesting but went it told me to save my time and energy by not blowdrying my haire must not have my hair and live in the humidity.

    16. A concerned look at Consumer Culture This book warned of an impending credit crunch almost exactly 10 years ago.

    17. This book was first published in 1998 so, some of the information is a bit dated However, as she usually does, Schor makes many good points about consumerism, materialism, and how and why we work in America I think this could be even interesting if she updated it to reflect the technological changes occurring in the last ten years Clearly, social media has put the consumerist phenomenon on overdrive There are a lot of charts and regression analyses so, it is a bit academic But, it s not unreada [...]

    18. The examples seemed very outdated Too much data from studies but not enough of a narrative It had a good message but there are better books ex Your Money or Your Life that give practical advice on avoiding consumerism.

    19. I wish I could give this book 6 stars, it was that good Should become basic required reading at the high school level for all American schools

    20. Three, maybe 4 stars Some excerpts Twenty seven percent of all households making than 100,000 a year say they cannot afford to buy everything they really need Nearly 20 percent say they spend nearly all their income on the basic necessities of life p6For centuries, aristocrats passed laws to forbid the nouveaux fiches from copying their clothing styles At the turn of the century, the wealthy published the menus of their dinner parties in the newspapers And fifty years ago, American social climb [...]

    21. This book is really excellent for anyone who cares about consumerism, but find themselves estranged by the harshness or extremeness of Adbusters and other anti consumerism anti corporate books and groups Schor s argument is essentially the same, but her method is explanatory and empirical Juliet Schor, Harvard Professor, explores what increases the tendency for people to consume television, education, neighborhood where they live , focusing mostly on the role of status and the symbolic power of [...]

    22. On rereading this book I had to downgrade it from a four star review to a three Schor s argument in this book is extremely persuasive, but on close inspection, it s pretty easy a little too easy considering she s at Harvard to poke some pretty big holes in it.Schor details the way that Americans have become mired in debt and saddled with things they don t need via upscaling, competitive consumption, and misused credit cards Yes, this all makes sense, and yes, she is prescient about the current c [...]

    23. Good book Maybe like a 3.5 It s wasn t like some other money realization books I ve read, but still eye opening and recommend worthy The difference between this book and other money type books was that it went into the psychology of why we spend Why we buy the fancy lipstick, but the no name face cleanser basically, it all comes down to you impressing your friends, your co workers, the person on the bus who might ask where you got that pretty colored lipstick While I couldn t relate to a lot o [...]

    24. The thing that kept coming back to me while reading this book is that it was written in 1998, when cell phones and high speed Internet access were considered luxury items Those things have since become de rigeur on the expense sheet, along with smartphones, data plans, and a handful of subscription entertainment services In addition, the equation on food has flipped in the last two decades we are overwhelmed with choices for cheap packaged or prepared foods, while cooking with fresh ingredients [...]

    25. Maybe the most significant book I ve read in months I wish there was a revised update with survey data for this decade I m reading Schor s recent book Plentitude next, so we ll see what it contains I was stunned to see the drastic increase in ideal desired income from the early 80s to the mid 90s, for example Increased cost of living plays a role, obviously, but I can t help but believe that the 80s lifestyle also perpetuated upscaling and feeling poor without X amongst middle class families Sc [...]

    26. First note This book was published 15 years ago Although it s meant to examine the broader social context, and there are a few timeless relevant observations, 90% of the book describes contemporary social science research The continual reference to fax machines as a luxury must have made me lol Overall, it s too dated for me to recommend to anyone.Second note Schor could not decide what kind of book she wanted to write As mentioned, 90% of the book is descriptive social science research Whether [...]

    27. Not a self help book, but helpful nevertheless It has triggered self intervention on my spending habits which are out of control I took copious notes and can read them as a Reader s Digest book anytime I need a refresher course I would not buy the book, however, because the references are somewhat dated amusing actually to look back of the idols of the past decades My children grew up in that difficult era without the funds for the popular clothing they got the BTS bangs to the sky because that [...]

    28. It s hard to enjoy a book that makes me feel guilty about working hard.That was the implied message throughout the book, and not surprisingly, given the author s past literature.It s strange I agree with the author about our society s spending culture, and I think we need a cultural attitude adjustment regarding that some of which, I believe has happened since the book was published The author, however, advocates taxing the shit out of SUVs Well, I still buy cigarettes sometime, so that policy d [...]

    29. This is a fascinating book about why we spend money we don t have on things we don t need to impress people we don t even like Well researched and written, this book explains consumerism and how it hurts us as individuals, families, communities and as a nation The author also offers life changing solutions Although Juliet B Schor originally wrote this book in the mid 1990s, it is just as compelling and relevant, and probably so, today.

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