30 Tips to Stay Married 30 Years Today Tip: Ignore the Jones

by Datechguy | April 4th, 2018

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30 Tips to Stay Married 30 Years Today Tip: Ignore the Jones

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s goods

The 10th Commandment

This is straight out of the Ten Com­mand­ments and is one of the most sen­si­ble bits of advice that a cou­ple might get.

In our con­sumer cul­ture we are con­stantly bom­barded with things we MUST have and even more impor­tantly the idea that if our neigh­bor has some­thing that we don’t, it’s a problem.

If you’re happy with your TV and it’s work­ing fine, it doesn’t mat­ter if the folks next door got a big­ger one. If your iPhone is work­ing fine and does all you want, who cares if your friend bought a new one. If your car is run­ning fine, pass­ing inspec­tion and serves all your needs then if the folks next door got a bet­ter car, big whoop.

It’s my expe­ri­ence in life that the dif­fer­ence in such upgrades are usu­ally pretty small, and in the end it becomes all about van­ity and even if you get this new thing or a model one bet­ter than the guy next door, it doesn’t stop them from upgrad­ing and sud­denly you find your­selves in a con­sumer arms race where the only win­ner is the credit card company.

For­get that arms race and keep that money in your pocket, get things when you need them with­out wor­ry­ing about what the next fel­low has, and not only will you have less debt but less worry and if that doesn’t con­vince you think about it this way, the fact that you aren’t both­ered by your neigh­bors new stuff will drive the Jones’ nuts.

Tip 1: Choose Wisely
Tip 2: A long Engage­ment
Tip 3: Get Mar­ried in Church
Tip 4: Don’t write your own vows.
Tip 5: Set lim­its early
Tip 6: Live Mod­estly
Tip 7: Embrace Your Mother-​In-​Law
Tip 8: If pos­si­ble take advan­tage of your parent’s advice.
Tip 9: Don’t Diss your spouse to your friends
Tip 10: Remem­ber Birthday’s and Anniver­saries
Tip 11: NEVER VENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
Tip 12: 30 Tips to stay Mar­ried 30 years Today’s Tip: Pray
Tip 13: Angry Gifts
Tip 14: Don’t sweat the Small stuff
Tip 15: Care­fully Choose the Hills Worth Dying On
Tip 16: Avoid Temp­ta­tion and Sus­pi­cion
Tip 17: Have an Argu­ment Escape Plan (and or let your spouse use their’s)
Tip 18: Don’t spoil the kids, par­tic­u­larly early.
Tip 19: A United Front
Tip 20: Remem­ber Mar­riage is work.
Tip 21: Main­tain Surprise

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s goods

The 10th Commandment

This is straight out of the Ten Commandments and is one of the most sensible bits of advice that a couple might get.

In our consumer culture we are constantly bombarded with things we MUST have and even more importantly the idea that if our neighbor has something that we don’t, it’s a problem.

If you’re happy with your TV and it’s working fine, it doesn’t matter if the folks next door got a bigger one.  If your iPhone is working fine and does all you want, who cares if your friend bought a new one.  If your car is running fine, passing inspection and serves all your needs then if the folks next door got a better car, big whoop.

It’s my experience in life that the difference in such upgrades are usually pretty small, and in the end it becomes all about vanity and even if you get this new thing or a model one better than the guy next door, it doesn’t stop them from upgrading and suddenly you find yourselves in a consumer arms race where the only winner is the credit card company.

Forget that arms race and keep that money in your pocket, get things when you need them without worrying about what the next fellow has, and not only will you have less debt but less worry and if that doesn’t convince you think about it this way, the fact that you aren’t bothered by your neighbors new stuff will drive the Jones’ nuts.

Tip 1:  Choose Wisely
Tip 2: A long Engagement
Tip 3: Get Married in Church
Tip 4: Don’t write your own vows.
Tip 5: Set limits early
Tip 6: Live Modestly
Tip 7: Embrace Your Mother-In-Law
Tip 8: If possible take advantage of your parent’s advice. 
Tip 9: Don’t Diss your spouse to your friends
Tip 10: Remember Birthday’s and Anniversaries
Tip 11: NEVER VENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
Tip 12: 30 Tips to stay Married 30 years Today’s Tip: Pray
Tip 13: Angry Gifts
Tip 14: Don’t sweat the Small stuff
Tip 15: Carefully Choose the Hills Worth Dying On
Tip 16: Avoid Temptation and Suspicion
Tip 17: Have an Argument Escape Plan (and or let your spouse use their’s)
Tip 18: Don’t spoil the kids, particularly early.
Tip 19: A United Front
Tip 20: Remember Marriage is work.
Tip 21: Maintain Surprise

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