Money Is Essential

Monica - Austell, Georgia
Entered on September 17, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30

Money Is Essential

“Money makes the world go round!” is the quote I would always hear from time to time on TV. I would always think to myself that this was definitely not true, of course, I was younger then. I thought as long as you had your family and love, everything will be okay in life. Now that I am nineteen years old, and a college student working part time with credit card bills, car maintenance fees, car insurance, cell phone bill, tuition costs, books, and not to mention gas, I have finally come to realize the value of a dollar. I started working at the age of sixteen at a restaurant nearby and I found myself making about $300 a week working only three or four days a week. This was a lot of money to me. I had no bills to pay then so what would I do with my money? Spend it of course! Instead of being smart and saving I let the money vanish before my eyes. About two months of me working and living what I thought “the life”, without any financial worries, my mom told me, “Moni wouldn’t you want to have a car of your own?” Back then I would drive my mom’s car or my dad’s truck, I thought to myself for a minute. Wow that would be nice to have my own car, so I told her, “Yeah Mom I really would want to! That would be super cool!” So my mom said, “If you can save up for your car until next summer I will help you get your car”. This was very good news for me! I finally began saving all my money and within a year I ended up buying my first car! After I bought my car I continued with my bad habits of spending money irresponsibly again. I worked at the restaurant for 2 more years and I have absolutely nothing to show for it. Now I find myself struggling through life living off of paycheck to paycheck from my part time job trying to pay off only my necessities.

Money may not make the world go round but it is essential. You can not have a roof over

your head, feed yourself and family, and go through life without any money. Money may not be able to buy you happiness, but it will provide for you and your family and help you live better. This world I live in now is completely different then the one I lived when I was sixteen, which was basically provide for me and just buy whatever I wanted and go out and have fun. Now I feel like I have entered the real world which is trying to survive from my paychecks, helping out my family, and yet still trying to live a little. This is why I believe money is essential to survive in the world I live in.