Budgeting Tips We Can Learn From Arrested Development


Most people look at Arrested Development as a quirky, funny television show that is about a family who does not know how to care for themselves. There are actually a lot of financial tips sprinkled throughout the history of the show, and anyone who wants to know what not to do with their money should take a look at this show for guidance. Here are some of the main tips that people can learn from Arrested Development.

There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand

Whenever you hit a horrible spot in your life and everything is crashing around you, it’s always nice to have some money that you can use to bail yourself out. The idea of storing money away in the banana stand is not a new idea, but it is probably the most basic financial tip that people should try to learn. Even if you are making a large sum of money on a regular basis, that money will not be able to help you out if you need a large chunk of cash on the spot to fix a problem.

Teach a Man to Fish

The central problem behind most of the members of the Bluth family is that none of them know how to take care of themselves. All of them are living off one man’s accomplishments, with the exception of the main character, Michael. This show beautifully illustrates what can happen when you rely on someone else for financial security over a long period of time. You can go from wealthy to broke in a matter of seconds when you have no skills and are relying on someone else to take care of you from cradle to grave.

The Value of Credit

There are many business ideas that get tossed around during the different seasons of Arrested Development, and there are also many “loans” that are taken out by various members of the family. The fact that the viewers know that basically no one in the family should be lent any money brings up the concept of credit. If you need credit repair, then people are probably not going to look at you as a potential borrower. It never huts to get help from a credit repair company when no one seems to have faith in your ability to pay back a loan.

This show should really just be viewed for its comedic value, but it’s also important to learn some financial virtues as often as possible. At the end of the day, you should try to be more like Michael and less like anyone else on the show.


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