Money Tune Tuesday is making a one-time only return thanks to this guest post from my friend (and FinCon12 roomie), Erin, who blogs about money at The Dog Ate My Wallet. I’ve known her for a while and she’s a pretty awesome lady so when you’re done reading her post, go visit her site and show her some love!
I was a tween girl in the late 80s. What that means is that I was a New Kids on the Block fan. I am not ashamed of it. In fact, I still love New Kids’ music, and I’m not ashamed of that, either (Jana’s note: Me, too). You might still wonder, though, how “I’ll Be Loving You Forever” (a very early NKOTB song. From their second album (note: I corrected this information based on a comment). Yes, I know I said album. I’m kind of old) can possibly be a Money Tune. Remember, everything is in the eye of the beholder.
Before you finish reading, have a listen to this 80s auditory delight:
For me, this is a money tune because it was the first NKOTB song I fell in love with, and having fallen in love, any and all money I earned in my 8th grade and freshmen years of high school was spent on NKOTB stuff. I even bought a ticket to a concert I had no way of getting to, based on the thinking that if I had a ticket, somehow a way to get me from Reno to Oakland would magically appear. (It did not, and this is probably why I don’t subscribe to The Secret as an adult.) Jana’s note: my first concert was NKOTB and Tiffany, at the Westbury Music Fair on Long Island. I got Joey McIntyre’s autograph that night. Still a highlight of my childhood.
My love for NKOTB taught me the importance of saving. As it was, my parents required that half of any babysitting money I earned be put into my college savings account. That meant I only got to keep half of what I earned. In addition, I earned $2-3/hour, regardless of number of kids. That’s right, it could take me as much as 5 hours to earn $10, of which, I’d only get to keep $5. Even back then, new music tapes (I did not yet have a CD player) cost more than $5 (Jana’s note: I think Erin got screwed on her babysitting fees. $2 an hour is just plain rude of those parents. Also, I loved cassette tapes. Not as much as I love my digital music but back in the late ’80s, cassette tapes were the shit!). Concert tickets (and I bought two- the second time, they actually played Reno, so I was able to go) cost considerably more.
For the first time in my life, I was saving my money not just for one particular thing, but banking it against the possibility of future need- concert tickets, a new album, whatever.
Even if I did not always remember that lesson in future years, New Kids on the Block taught it to me, and for that, I will be loving them, forever.