You Get What You Pay For

This old adage has been worn out, hasn’t it?

Is there, though, certain things you pay for that aren’t worth the extra money? The business shoes you buy ($50) at Wal-Mart will need replacing in a few months. The business shoes I buy that are three times  more ($150) have yet to be replaced five years later. I do wonder, though, the designer shoes someone else might buy ($450), are they worth the money?

This all depends on the commitments and the people we are walking with. The folks I live among will not know that I am wearing $450 shoes. Further, I would rather spend the $300 savings in a different way than on cow leather (or alligator skin). The $300 could be spent on sponsoring a child in need. It could be spent on providing water to those in need. It could be invested. It could be used for a myriad of other positive uses.

For those of you who have such money, I would ask: Is the $300 you would spend on those shoes worth the acceptance you are purchasing from folks in the upper echelon of society? That, in essence, is what you are paying for. You are not paying more for a superior product. You are buying the approval of people.

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