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Personal Finance Poem: To the Mall

Updated on August 31, 2014

Some Background

Not being a poet by trade, I'm a little anxious about putting personal finance themes into poetry, yet I can't help feel like they're strawberries and cream or coffee and butter. People are swayed by the magical use of words in poetry, whether it's a poem about a dark and stormy night or a stanza about a single lily.

Personal finance is equally emotional as you'll understand if you ever try to give someone advice about their money. The biggest problems surrounding money often have deeply psychological roots so maybe the best answer to exploring these problems is to use poetry to examine more deeply these ties.

Not to mention that this should be good fun for me as an aspiring part-time writer. After all, we all love a good challenge! I'll warn you that it's been many years since I've tried my hand at the art of poetry, so tread with caution. And if you don't make it all the way through, leave me a comment and let me know so I don't repeat this wild experiment! Hope it's worth your time~

The Mall

The Mall
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My eyes slowly open

swollen from the night before.

a Friday too long with partying

drinking and dreaming

my wallet emptying with each glass

my heart emptying from a dead end job

my mind filling with hopes for the weekend.

The sound of geese woke me again

Mocking me with their happy family

and graceful elegance like

a new pair of Abercrombie jeans

or a bottle of Justin Bieber.

I too want to soar

I too wish to look elegant

I will find what I need today!

I'm going to the mall.

Morning Routine

Morning Routine
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My Morning Ritual

I wake up excited some days when I remember

I have my $200 supersonic magic toothbrush

I deserve my minor luxuries

And even $0.50 toothpaste foams and cleans

like a brand name tube from P&G.

I tone, and lotion, sunscreen, and sunblock

Then off to the walk-in for a fitting

"What will it be today" I murmur...

Designer jeans and a Gap t-shirt?

Gap jeans and a designer shirt?

My Mobile

My mobile is my new secret money weapon

Apps are free, as are cell phone games

My news is free, as are my magazine websites

My phone even pays bill for me

I don't know how much I buy these days

I upgrade every year to the latest edition

A new set of bells and whistles

A chance to buy new cases to protect it

To justify my $200/month plan

And show my friends

My Wallet

I grab my wallet, it's light today

Short on cash but long on credit

It's not let me down yet

My eyes glance over my new blue rewards card

Imagining the free night at a Bali beach resort

Mai-tais or margaritas or whatever's the local specialty

I'll buy everything with this card and earn the free trip

My Wallet

My Wallet
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Let's Go to the Mall

Finally, to the Mall

And so now as I leave

to buy some new trinkets

I pause to breathe

as I'll need every ounce of fresh energy

It will no doubt be a fight

Against my conscience

Against my neighbors and friends

Against my wallet which gets lighter every day

And yet every weekend is the same that way

I dream of the bright lights and the smiles of mall employees

I walk through the corridors like Pretty Woman

Come home with bags and boxes of stuff

Then work all week

To pay off it all

At least for this moment, I'll have fun at the mall.

About DealForALiving

I believe that being frugal and making smart money choices is like any other exercise. As we continue to practice good habits in saving money where possible, finding deals for what we want, and having a good time at it, then we become better at dealing for a living.

I'm committed to sharing my experiences with getting the most out of using credit cards, saving and spending tips, and I might even add a slice of perspective without trying to be a psychoanalyst like some other personal finance folks out there.

Please let me know what you think and if you'd like to hear my take on a specific topic.

Most Sincerely,



DealForALiving | Source


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    • DealForALiving profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      Thank you for the compliment! Writing personal finance poetry took me out of my comfort zone/s and was such a challenge. I hope some other writers with more talent pick up the idea and run with it!

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      These poems are very clever. I love poetry which is a bit different, and these are. They are also well put together. A great idea. I don't go shopping that often, but when I do, I like to make wise choices - although I do love the odd crazy buy too.

    • DealForALiving profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      Exactly - fun in moderation! It's so easy to go to the mall, walk around like Pretty Woman, and then cry when you get the credit card bill.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Great poems! It is great fun at the mall as long we do not burn out the credit card and spend wisely!

    • DealForALiving profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoying the post John!

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      4 years ago

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    • DealForALiving profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      Thank you! It was such a challenge for me to tackle poetry, but I may just give it another try because of the positive response. I appreciate it!

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I loved the poems. They are funny but have a serious message at the same time. Your poetry is a great way to describe personal finance problems!

    • DealForALiving profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      Thank you for the encouragement and praise.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      About DealForALiving, keep on writing your poems. I love poems.

      Never give up.

      Voted up across the board and shared.

      Have a blessed night

      Hold on to you wallet tight

      or your money will be out of sight

      It it were me

      It would really give me a fright

      I have no credit cards

      So you see

      The down side is they do not credit me

    • DealForALiving profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      Thank you for the praise and kind words, Anna! It really is an inner struggle, and there's no easy answers unless you've got some mind mastery that allows you to transcend it all.

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      Anna Haven 

      4 years ago from Scotland

      I liked this. I am not big on shopping and it is necessity that drives me to frequent these shiny places, rather than pleasure.

      I liked your undercurrent of inner battle between 'have and can't afford' or 'not have and have no justification for another week in a boring job'.

      Lot of truth in your words I think.

      Anna :)

    • DealForALiving profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      Thank you for your kind words and for sharing. I do like a good bargain at a yard sale too...

      It's all about the mall and boutiques around here so it's hard finding these yard or garage sales

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love to go shopping at the mall, but i'd rather find a bargan at a yard sale and haggle. We only get to go around one time, so i say, " Enjoy " I like your style...

    • DealForALiving profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      Living frugally is the key for sure! Congratulations and keep it up

    • DealForALiving profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      Thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked the hub and I'll be writing another personal finance poem soon.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      I too live frugally, and think that is the way to go! Loved these!

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      Mel Carriere 

      4 years ago from San Diego California

      I don't think you can feel the freedom the geese are feeling at the mall. But I think your poems have described the vicious circle of consumerism we are all caught up in perfectly. Great hub.

    • DealForALiving profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      Thanks midget38!

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      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      A lot of truth in these financial conundrums! Sharing!!


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