In a world where social media dominates people’s lives, it is so easy to get frustrated trying to keep up with the latest trends. While we all know that not everything we see online is true, properly curated Instagram feeds can still make us want to be like the people who own them. However, in a desperate attempt to live like the rich and the famous, some can fall into the trap of owing more than they can afford. For instance, this millennial realized a little too late that she was already $10,000 (or PHP 500,000) in debt after trying to become a social media influencer herself.
26-year-old Lissette Calveiro recently escaped from her PHP 500,000 debt after she tried to model her lifestyle after famous celebrities and personalities on social media. Based on a report by The Post, Calveiro confessed that she used to spend at least $200 on clothes as well thousands of dollars on accessories like designer bags just so she could post them on Instagram. As she was not a fan of repeating outfits, she made it a point to always have new clothes.
Every month for an entire year, the aspiring social media influencer traveled to different locales in order to accumulate Snapchat geofilters, or the special filters you can only acquire if you go to a different destination.
Calveiro admitted that in 2016, she dropped $700 (PHP 37,000) on a roundtrip ticket to watch a live concert featuring Sia in Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
Soon enough, she realized that she cannot keep living beyond her means when she moved to Manhattan, New York. Now more than $10,000 in debt, she knew she needed to get her act together. Desperate for a change and to get her life back on track, Calveiro went through a major lifestyle rehabilitation after meeting with financial coach.
With perseverance and self-control, the once aspiring social media influencer had fortunately paid her all her debts after 14 months. Although now free and happy, Calveiro shared that her biggest regret was not setting aside some money for when she needed it the most. Realizing how much she had spent trying to keep up with other lifestyle bloggers, she said she could have invested that kind of money in something more worthwhile.
Many people can relate to so-called “social media envy” and this story should serve as a reminder that we should never live beyond our means. Remember, not everything we see online is true.
What can you say about this aspiring social media influencer’s eye-opening story? Have you ever experienced wanting to live like the people you see on your social media feeds every day? We would love to hear your thoughts!