Archive for February 2014

How I’m getting sexy

It is Valentine’s day. Everyone is out on a date with their partners and being wooed with chocolates and roses.  You want to keep your partner or you want to attract a good partner. We aren’t all going to go rushing to the person who looks shabby, doesn’t have a job, and is inconsiderate of other people (unless you fit into that .00001% category). We want attractive people, for guys this may be more of a physical appearance thing but in the end you probably want a combination of physical attractiveness and someone you can talk to about things other than shoes. For girls it is somewhat of a different kind of attraction. Sure we want the tall, dark, and handsome guy but studies have shown that a man with a $200,00 income is contacted two and a half times more than a man with a $50,000 income. Now I’m not saying girls are gold diggers but they do want security and a better quality of life. This could go all the way back to cave women wanting the strongest caveman because he can provide for her and their children. Anyway, how are we all getting sexy? We are going to college and learning. Higher education yields a higher income generally. For every additional year of education there is an 8% higher income waiting for you. If not for the income, then for the knowledge. It’s a great tool that doesn’t weigh too much. An intelligent conversation can go a long way. So continue learning you sexy beasts!

Hugs for Employment

I found this article and I thought it was interesting how they found a correlation of not just unemployment but the recent recession.

Here’s the link:http://www.psmag.com/navigation/business-economics/bad-economic-news-linked-to-harsh-parenting-63918/

It’s not a surprise that anxiety and lack of job security would affect everyone, even the kids. Let’s hope that the more unemployment dissipates the more yelling will be replaced with hugs.

Building a Plane While Flying

I’ve been researching and reading through so many different resources about a modified research question from my old one and I feel a lot better. I actually feel like I can read through and understand the more “professionally” written papers. It’s almost like I will pass this class. Seriously though my research is coming along a lot better now that I’ve modified my question and I have a better understanding of how to search through all the data to find the bits that I can incorporate into my research.

 

Mommy and Dadvertising

As a new mom I realize that I am very flexible with what I buy. There is no certain list to follow by. Motherhood is chaotic and there is no time for sitting down and thinking about meals or a budget. If there were time that would mean I was not spending enough time with my new little baby. At this time I buy things out of convenience. Before I had my son I would never go through a drive-thru. I would either insist on going inside or just waiting until I got to wherever i was going to get food. Now I have to eat when I can and it would be a whole other process getting my son out of the car and going inside….nobody wants to do all of that just because I have a problem choosing from the 120 item menu. Since I do not go out nearly as much as I used to the ads really do affect my purchasing decision. Before I had my son while I was pregnant I signed up for a free formula package. After a while I tried the formula and though that package cost them at least forty dollars I have bought their product several times. Not because it is the cheapest, because it isn’t, but because I tried it before I had to go out and buy formula and I knew it already worked for my son. That particular company has made their initial investment back and I’m sure that is true for most other customers. The bottom line is that new parents are very impressionable and they really should be a target market for many products because after it works for the first kid we know it will work for the second. Also when our children grow up they know the products that their parents used so it might be a handed down purchase.

I think everyone wants the best for their child/children and when it comes down to it, parenting is tiring. Parents go for convenience for the most part so whatever ads you throw at us we will most likely soak it up like a flower taking in the sun. We want the best of the best that is out there for our little angels.DSCN4370

Worth Wanting?

Everyone has different wants. From my experience everyone’s wants are VERY varied. The importance of one-hundred goose decoys is high to someone who goes goose hunting like my father, but to me I would not give them a second look. Just as I am sure that he would rather keep the twenty dollars in his wallet than buy a shirt that he just knew would make him look good. We both put different values on things. I have always been quite aware of this. Different people, households, different countries, different races, and different religions values things so differently it does not seem logical.

Economically we are not logical creatures. Psychology plays a huge role in our decision-making. Without feelings what would Christmas or Valentine’s day be like? What is the point in gift giving when you may not like what you get in return if you get anything at all? Why would giving away money essentially be a good thing? Well, unless you were obligated or forced into giving someone a gift or taking them out for a romantic dinner then the answer is that it makes you feel good. People feel good making others happy. On the receiving side it is good because you have the sentiment of the other person giving you the gift.

When a want becomes more important than a need it can become dangerous. For example young girls wanting to follow the trend and stay skinny so their desire to be skinny overrides their need to eat. Another example is addiction. Any kind of addiction may it be drugs, sex, nicotine, a video game typically takes over as a perceived “need” so other real needs that are needs for health and survival are cast aside. Let’s just stick to our basic needs and maybe we will get back on track.

Bully Re-buys

What happens when the company that is purchasing from you is most of your business? They can pay whatever they want because they make or break your company. As long as you are making a profit, not matter how small these bully companies are playing hard ball in the business field. From my perspective, though having a big company like Walmart or Wegmans as a customer would be great because they are selling your product as fast as you can make it; you also have to look at who is running the company. The  CEO of Walmart may as well stamp his name for the producer’s CEO name if Walmart is the majority of the business much like a majority stockholder. The business plan I can think of is distribute your income among many vendors so that you may be able to let the big fish swim for a while thinking you will sink without them and take them back but once they see you can live without them they will bite the hook n’ worm willingly.

The government works as they take the lowest bid for whatever they need and choose that company for that specific need. unfortunately the government makes up most of the spending so they cannot be ignored. What is to stop the companies trying to get a lower bid from lowering the quality of their materials in order to get the business? Lower cost of manufacturing the lower they can go when they make their bid. Hopefully this does not happen, I would hate for Obama’s chair to collapse because it was made out of balsa wood as opposed to oak.

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