“The Ownership Society is a massive redistribution of wealth from the public trust to the private hands” (Levine 184). Elections are over. Another president is at the helm of government, and she is worried America will be transformed into the ownership society (183). The future of the middle-class is not so bright, she ponders, as tax cuts for the rich will be made permanent. In this section, she uses specific figures in making her monetary and statistical references. In this paper, I will explore why she provides the numerous specific figures and her main point in this section.
Her life goes on (185). If she were not not shopping, she wishes she would be nursing her wounds with a three-Mimosa brunch and a trip to Ikea. She pledges only to shop for necessities. She quotes the exact figures of the purchases she made. This enables the reader to calculate the amount of money that she saves in the process. She is surprised to find that earning $50000 a year cannot guarantee her the same amount after retirement (185). She tries to save every penny in this section as portrayed when Paul and her stop for toothpaste at Duane Reade (Levine 191). On the shelf, a Special card advertises Tom’s Natural at $3.15. The girl at the counter pushes her copy of Us at an inch to the left and rings up the toothpaste at $4.75. “Over there it says $3.15”, She protests. Eventually, she made the purchase at $4.75 as she lacked the Duane Reade Customer Card.
Statistics require an exact figure I order to come up with a pattern, trend or a solid conclusion after analyzing the data. She also lays emphasis on how we all rationalize our purchases. She demonstrates how most people confuse need with want. She refers to the Sharone, who purchased a DVD player for herself, saying, “I already got one. But it was $19.99, so I couldn’t afford not to buy it” (194). This shows how people tend to shop on wants as the Christmas period approaches.
In conclusion, she approaches this month while thinking of the year behind and the upcoming shopping season of Christmas. At one point she thinks of pronouncing shopping good, but then she remembers it should be done in moderation (196).
Levine, J. Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping. New York: Free Press, 2006. Print.