This weekend I saw an article online titled, "The Upside to Being Single in a Recession" and I absolutely had to click on it because, well, I wanted to see how I was coming out ahead in our economic crisis.
And, with no disrespect, it has to be the most ridiculous article I've read in a while.
Want to know how singletons finally have the upperhand against couples? Here's a few examples:
- Not having to pay a "marriage penalty" tax (actually this is a valid point)
- More flexibility to take a second job because we don't have to carpool kids to practices
- Don't have to go Dutch on "date night." We're not married so the guys can pay
- Can move back in with our parents if money is tight
- Save on life insurance payments since we "don't have a spouse or children to care for after an untimely demise." So how should I use this saved money? Well the author says it can buy a lot of mani-pedis
And along with the reminder that money is the major reason most marriages dissolve, the author's perils of wisdom include, "divorce is expensive." Yes, I come from a divorced family, I know that.
Finally, the author also mentions Ruth Madoff (wife of investor and Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernie Madoff) as an example as to why it's good to be single. Why you ask? Because if our spouse goes bankrupt, or steals billions of dollars from innocent investors, our money becomes vulnerable.
I will make sure not to date or marry a thief, although stealing is a sign of dedication.
Now, I'm not saying the principle of the article is wrong but I have a little trouble with her examples to support her "point." Basically because I think she's pulling some of them out of her a**.
Despite these fundamental flaws, I have to admit, the article's pictures are awesome. There are images of women acting carefree by swinging their shopping bags happily in the air, basking in the fact that they have fewer responsibilities and can say "screw you!" to their coupled friends. Quite a Mary Tyler Moore-inspired idea.
So I might be taking this a little far, but I just had to write about it because I found it too hilarious.
Let me know what you think and if I'm at all off base. And I know a lot of us have cut back on expenses and/or have things that are "recession proof," so I guess my question for tonight is, if you've cut back on things, what are you looking forward to "splurging on again" or what is your "recession proof" treat? Mine: cable television. I love it and won't give it up, actually that and dyeing my hair.
Reader note: Thank you everyone for the awesome comments on yesterday's bra shopping post. I also have a lot of trouble finding pants that fit. I need a short or petite length but not short enough where it's too short or is long enough that needs to be hemmed. Oh and my "birthing hips" make it hard to find nicely fitting pants too.