Just curious if anybody else has noticed the media's sudden love of the word 'hoarding'? I have heard it from many media outlets (liberal and conservative) and am sort of wondering what is defined as hoarding? Like today, I was watching Shepard Smith on Fox and he was talking to someone about the economy and people spending money this holiday season. He mentioned (not SS, but the other guy) that 'people have been hoarding for the last couple of months because of the uncertainty of our economy, and they are starting to see a trend that people are now starting to spend that money they hoarded on the great deals that are to be found'. Of course, I am paraphrasing, but this was the meat of his statement. So, how much money do you have to be saving for it to be considered hoarding? For instance, is saving money for my children's education considered hoarding?
Answer by frogdawg at 9:23 PM on Nov. 25, 2008
Answer by Izsarejman at 3:57 PM on Nov. 25, 2008
Yeah, I was starting to get that too. But it seems so irresponsible. I know the definition of hoarding, but it has a negative connotation to it. Who wants to be a hoarder? I would rather be called a 'collector of dollar bills'.
Answer by QuinnMae at 4:00 PM on Nov. 25, 2008
Answer by Izsarejman at 4:02 PM on Nov. 25, 2008
Answer by usmc0351wife at 4:20 PM on Nov. 25, 2008
Answer by perksmom at 4:32 PM on Nov. 25, 2008
Answer by heatherama at 4:33 PM on Nov. 25, 2008
Answer by Anonymous at 5:13 PM on Nov. 25, 2008
I agree. We are such a disposable nation. I'm no greenie, myself, but I tend to buy things that waste the least amount of resources (as long as it's cost effective). I've never been the kind to get caught up with buying for the sake of buying, but I know many people that are that way. I would love to do something to invest our money, but with the market being what it is right now and the govt. buying shares of everything, I don't really feel safe doing that. Not like we have a lot to invest, but we all like to see our seeds grow. I just find it surprising that this is a new term the media (all of them) are using to manipulate our spending habits. Other countries complain about Americans being huge consumers, but as we are seeing, it makes a difference on their bottom line as well. They make money from us too.
Answer by QuinnMae at 5:52 PM on Nov. 25, 2008
Answer by SusieD250 at 5:58 PM on Nov. 25, 2008