If I Gotta buy a Toyota Camry, Ima do it Cost-Effectively!

First of all, congratulations are in order to rapper Kendrick Lamar’s sister for graduating school. To accomplish such an achievement deserves to be acknowledged first and foremost. Second, the Compton rapper celebrated his sister’s graduation by buying her a brand new Toyota sedan as a celebratory gift. The rapper caught heat from many social media users, stating the rapper could have given his sister a much “nicer” car.

Many people worry about why others spend money the way they spend it. We associate top dollar spenders with high earnings and expect the rich and famous to automatically purchase expensive houses and cars but that’s not always the case.

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Warren Buffet does not stay in a mansion but in his modest Omaha, NE home he bought in 1958 for $31,500. Yes that’s right the multi-billionaire lives as humbly as he did decades ago. So why bother Kendrick? This is the same rapper that bought his own home in Eastvale, just outside of Los Angeles, for $500,000…HIS own home. Why would someone spend more money on other people than themselves, with no return on investment? More importantly, why are we judging someone who is being fiscally responsible so that his children’s children can benefit and further their financial education?

What can we learn from both Warren and Kendrick? Never spend more than you make and can continuously upkeep. Taxes associate with this gift is part of the upkeep. Gifts in excess of $14,000 for the tax year of 2016 come with taxes that you have to report at the end of the year. We will never know if Kendrick’s sister will pay the taxes next year for this “gift” and guess what, it’s not our business. Kendrick’s sister may not be in a position at this time to keep up with the maintenance of a $100,000 car. Furthermore, I’m sure Kendrick’s sister loves the gesture, no matter the type of car. Also it’s time to worry about our own spending than to judge how “nice” other people’s gifts that are given.

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New chapter

May 6, 2011. That was the day that I graduate The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a bachelor’s of science degree in marketing. I never thought that day would finally come but when it did, it actually came fairly fast.

I remember the day I moved into Moore-Strong meeting my three, yes three, roommates. I also remembered my parents crying their eyes out when they realized their little baby is leaving the nest. I was growing up and moving to college was a big step towards being an adult. Now three years have passed since then and I have the memory of my family seeing me walk across that stage to accept my degree.

Along my four years I’ve had internships, jobs, and countless times living in Jackson Library or #clubjackson as some of us use to say. Group projects, countless papers, and hundreds of quizzes/exams/tests are finally out of my schedule (at least until I go to graduate school). I can now focus on my career of being a marketing assistant at Good Health Natural Products. Check out their brands and products at http://www.goodhealthnaturalproducts.com (new website is currently under construction). The company I’m with now will allow me to do everything within my major, which I love! I also get to do a little traveling, which I absolutely love!

Seeing all the graduate students at my graduation made me realize that I do want to go to graduate school in a few years. I’m not sure which program to do but I would rather do a program that will allow me to obtain a master’s in under 2 years. I’ve been looking into one particular program but I have a while to decide. I just hope that I can grow and prosper into a successful business woman that I sought after to become.

With all that is going on in my life, I will continue to pray to God and thank Him for my many blessings. I also would not be where I am today without the guidance and comfort of my family and friends. I thank everyone who has had a positive effect on my life and I am grateful for it. Thank you and I will continue to make you proud.