Desperate Woman Sold Home to Pay for Plastic Surgery

plastic surgeryI'm not informing you of anything you don't already know by telling you that our nation, our world, is obsessed -- obsessed -- with physical appearance. Not only has it been said and studied and documented many times before (much better than I could ever do), it's just plain old obvious. Take a look around. It's impossible to not run head-first into something -- a sign, an ad -- that tells us that there's something wrong with us and how we can fix it.

Some buy into this more than others, though. Like the over-the-top 50-year-old woman who sold her house to pay for her plastic surgery.

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Jayne Fenney sold her three-bedroom house, her TV, her dryer, and her bed and went on a $47,700 plastic surgery bender. Fenney, who had previously lost about 150 pounds on her own, still wasn't happy with the way she looked. She felt that her dramatic weight loss left her with excess skin and a sagging upper body. So she ditched the place she lived in order to get herself a "full body lift." She currently lives in a mobile home, but said, "Feeling great is worth 10 houses." Is it?

Look, I know that a home can be classified as something "materialistic," as well, but, I don't know, to me, there's something different about putting your money into one, as opposed to pretty much anything else (save for the giant, Giudice-esque mansions that are solely for the sake of bragging). Your home is where you spend the majority of your time, where you sleep, where you (maybe) raise your kids and have holidays. Not to get all corn-ball, but it's where you make your memories.

My husband and I recently started toying with the idea of moving into a bigger and, of course, more expensive apartment. At first, I protested, saying, "But we won't have as much money for vacations and dinners and [I'm embarrassed to admit] clothes." He then made that point that it's where we live -- and what's more important than that? I still wasn't convinced. But last week we had three people over for dinner, and, well, we didn't have anywhere for them to sit, because our place isn't conducive to "a dining table." And then I started realizing that he's right. I think I'd rather be able to have friends over than buy a pair of new boots. But that's just me.

Do you think a home is the most important expense?

 

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