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Cash can make people do crazy things

November 13, 2018

“Money, money, money, money, moneyyyyy,” the theme song of the popular TV show “Celebrity Apprentice” is immediately what comes to mind when people talk about spending money.

As the song states, “Money can draw some people out of their minds.” If this song isn’t an accurate representation of our society today, I don’t know what is. What is an acceptable way to spend money? How are students taught to deal with money?

When it comes to spending money, we end up spending a little too much on something we know we don’t necessarily need. Being a high school girl, I tend to spend a lot of money on useless things, such as makeup or jewelry. A lot of boys I know tend to spend a large portion of money on hunting supplies or video games.

I believe that if these things are what makes us happy, it is socially acceptable to buy these things.

But there is a line to be crossed when it comes to spending money. Some people get addictions that cause them to spend an excessive amount of money on cigarettes, alcohol or gambling. If these things are interfering with the way we encounter with other people, I think these are bad influences teenagers should try to stay away from.

Students are not given a handbook that tells them how they can or cannot distribute their money. I feel like financially it is something we learn from one’s mistakes. Teachers can caution students over and over again, but at the end of the day, we are the ones to make the final decision on whether that new iPhone X was really worth it.

Schools do a great job of showing kids how to be smart and manage their money, especially before entering college. Personally, I feel like most teenagers just take the task upon themselves with not spending money.

It seems money can drive people to do crazy things, but I do believe schools and parents are preparing the younger generations on how to spend their money wisely. Whether we believe we are spending our money correctly, there is only a certain extent schools can go with preparing students.

However, I sure did learn a lot about managing my money from watching the “Celebrity Apprentice.”

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