Before trying to keep up with the Joneses, be sure they’re not trying to keep up with you. (Erma Bombeck, late humorist)
Keeping up with the Joneses is like a game, isn’t it? It doesn’t often work, and even when it does, it rarely satisfies. It’s not just keeping up, It’s trying to get ahead of the Joneses. It would be better to learn to be content with what we have, to find joy in the more important things of life like family, friends, social involvement, and faith rather than in material possessions.
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation (Philippians 4:12).