3 Things Dr. Seuss Books Can Teach You About Money

Renowned children’s author Dr. Seuss was great at instilling life lessons through resonant rhymes and artwork. His books also pack some poignant financial lessons.

Always the Planner gleans some personal finance knowledge from Dr. Seuss books. Some of the parallels are stretches, but they all make sense:

* The Cat in the Hat — You don’t need to spend a lot to have a good time. Conversation and imagination are as entertaining as pricey outings. If you’re trying to save money, look first at scaling back your entertainment budget.

* Green Eggs and Ham — Stick with the same financial routines without varying your approach and you can grow bored and ineffective. Don’t let fear dictate your practices. Be willing to take reasonable risks that could better your standing.

* The Lorax — No matter how dreadful your situation, nothing will change unless you face up to your problems and start chipping away at their causes. When you’re struggling with money problems, the worst thing you can do is go with the flow and pretend nothing is wrong.

Dr. Seuss [Always the Planner]


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  1. Straspey says:

    The Lorax ‚Äî No matter how dreadful the quality of your movie – no matter how many critics pan it has a worthless piece of junk, shamelessly trying to piggyback on the name of a famous author of children’s books who died almost ten years ago –

    No matter how many reviews tell you the movie is a bad waste of your time and money – nothing will change the penchant for the dumbed-down American audience to spend $70 Million of its money over the course of a single weekend to go see it nonetheless.


    • eezy-peezy says:

      LOL at that picture!!! thx!

    • rmorin says:

      You are so cool and nuanced and smart. Also Apple products, Whole Foods, Organic, Helvetica.

    • Cicadymn says:

      “nothing will change the penchant for the dumbed-down American audience to spend $70 Million of its money over the course of a single weekend to go see it nonetheless.”

      Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-wrecked

    • NotATool says:

      Um…Seuss died over 20 years ago…

    • smo0 says:

      That’s odd.

      I saw the movie yesterday and got a completely different message.

      And environmental one… and how people who exploit the fails of our society into making cold hard cash without figuring out how to improve the situation.

      I fucking cried my eyes out.

      I think everyone should see it.

  2. Back to waiting, but I did get a cute dragon ear cuff says:

    Green Eggs and Ham — Money tip

    Even if the food is green, it still probably tastes good and is OK to eat.

  3. Hoss says:

    Next up: Five veggies that cause cancer…

  4. May contain snark says:

    Without reading the author, I just knew this was a Phil article.

  5. nbs2 says:

    Phil, Phil, Phil.

    If you added some value to your wholesale cuttings from other sites, people would be less like to deride your postings. It wouldn’t be that hard. Look, here’s an example:

    Oh, The Places You’ll Go – Life is an adventure and there are many events that you can plan for, and some that you can’t. Responsible finances means directly saving for the former and building an emergency fund for the latter.

    See, not hard. Now you try it.

  6. webweazel says:


    *How to clean your toilet using only a paperclip!
    *How to hem pants with crazy glue!
    *How to make an automatic cat feeder.
    *Reading The Lord of the Rings can help you decide how to invest in the stock market!
    *Learn to crochet for extra household financial gain!
    *How Sears screwed me out of a washer and dryer.
    *Use a credit card to scrape ice off your windshield!
    *What to do with a holey ripped shirt?
    *What to order at the donut shop to save money?
    *How to make a cupcake. With frosting!

    1 out of 10 ain’t bad(?)

  7. backbroken says:

    Actually, the Lorax taught me that I can make gobs of money as long as I don’t give a fart about polluting the environment.

    Was there another lesson in there?

  8. SamiJ says:

    The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins taught me that you can give away the earliest variations of your product, but eventually, you’ll need to start charging as your market dries up.

  9. The Lone Gunman says:

    At times you’ll be sad
    at times you’ll be glad
    when Consumerist postings
    have made you mad.

    It’s the Way of the Internet
    you’ll come to know
    sometimes an article
    just simply blows.

  10. BurtReynolds says:

    I previously knew that the Lorax spoke for the trees.

    Now I know that the Lorax also speaks for a Mazda SUV and breakfast at IHOP.

    Yeah, Hollywood didn’t crap all over this story at all.

  11. Princess Beech loves a warm cup of treason every morning says:

    I have a feeling that Phil’s looking for a new home (or already bought one), and he’s also planning to watch (or have already watched) the Lorax.