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They're only paperclips...

November 6th, 2011 at 09:00 pm

A gal I work with recently was demoted. Not only has her job drastically changed, her salary went down almost half. This was not a sign of the economic times, but apparently, from the rumors, a result of some poor decisions made professionally.

She is now working on a regular teacher's salary and complains nonstop about paying union dues, and how hard it is to make it on this salary.

The other day she was asking me how come I don't complain about the salary. I told her because I feel like I'm getting paid a fair amount and that I feel blessed to have a job.

She said it must because I don't have kids. I told her I don't think that was it at all, but that I have a different set of priorities than she does.

This gal has always had to purchase name brand everything. She has to have the expensive purses like Coach. And one is not enough. She has to have a different one for each outfit.

She has jewelry and we aren't talking about the reasonable stuff.

And her clothes have all been top of the line, name brand items. Each week it was a pursuit to buy the latest and greatest.

I know she has looked down her nose at my shoes (which are not only reasonable, but comfortable), to my clothes, and especially my purses. OK, I'll admit it, I buy cheap purses. I have two criteria -- they have to have a comfortable shoulder strap and I need to have room for my iPad.

I told her my priorities are far different than hers and I discovered that being satisified with the things I own has made me far happier than always trying to buy the latest and greatest.

She told me she has changed and that her priorities have changed and she didn't buy a purse last weekend, even though she wanted to.

As she said that, she finished paperclipping some papers and the pile she had left, she gathered into her hand and threw them into the garbage.

They may only be paperclips, but I think it shows her character...and I am not buying the priority change. Would you?

12 Responses to “They're only paperclips...”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    No, I wouldn't. I even take mine back when I have something paperclipped to take to the bank.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    "She said it must because I don't have kids."

    "As she said that, she finished paperclipping some papers and the pile she had left, she gathered into her hand and threw them into the garbage."

    I think that says everything. Yikes!

    As a reference that may or may not be related, a friend of mine was watching my cat while we were on vacation. She asked us is we needed her to take out our trash. A very innocent comment that probably didn't mean much. But did make me think. Being mindful of our resources, we simply do not generate a lot of trash. The trash is not something I particularly worry about. As far as vacation it was completely non-relevant to me. We might have made sure to empty it the week before we left, if it was full, but I was just thinking, "Um, I think I can go a week or two without a trash pickup."

  3. crazyliblady Says:

    I would not worry about this person at all. No matter how much you try to talk sense into her, she has some serious ethical issues not only about her finances but her professional life as well. She will either wise up and get herself straightened out on her own or she will continue to look down on your shoes while she drowns in debt buying expensive purses.

  4. PNW Mom Says:

    Nope...not buying it at all.

    All you can do is hope someday she will change Smile

  5. snafu Says:

    Your colleague is apparently prone to making poor decisions. She is likely one of the millions of Americans who could not crunch together $ 1,000. in an emergency. Those Coach bags she values wouldn't be worth 10% of what she paid in a consignment store or CraigsList!

    It helps to keep the conversation light, sad to learn she is trusted to teach youngsters

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    I don't ever throw out paper, let alone paperclips. Smile

  7. patientsaver Says:

    Here is my relationship with paperclips: The last time I cleaned out old paperwork stored up in the attic, I carefully removed and saved all the paperclips that weren't rusty. well, i guess i would have had to remove the paperclips anyways since i was shredding, but still...

  8. baselle Says:

    a little secret ... as I find sidewalk change, well if there is a clean shiny paperclip along the way I pick those up too. My rationale? They are 3 cents apiece if you buy 'em. Picking up a paperclip is like picking up three pennies.

  9. baselle Says:

    Oh yes, of course I wouldn't buy the priority change. If I was a betting person (and of course I am), she told you that so she could try and tap you for a loan during the Christmas buying season. Wink

  10. ceejay74 Says:

    I shudder from an environmental perspective as well as a financial one! If she throws out perfectly good paperclips, what else does she discard without a thought?

  11. HouseHopeful Says:

    Agreed, she hasn't reprioritized.

  12. Whitestripe Says:

    I keep postage stamps that haven't been marked by the post office :-) so far has saved postage on three eBay items that ive sold lately - saved $12 in postage :-)

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