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Don’t Buy Stuff You Cannot Afford

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That’s the advice of the decade, isn’t it? Well, it’s also a pretty funny Saturday Night Live skit with Steve Martin. The skit’s a parody of those book infomercials for financial products we see all the time. Looking a little deeper, it’s also a slight commentary on the marketing of common sense.

Well, I saw the clip linked on It’s Your Money, but to view the video hosted on Salon, the viewer is required to watch a short advertisement and have Apple Quicktime.

Here’s a more accessible version of the skit, hosted on YouTube (and therefore probably unauthorized), and requiring only Flash player.

Updated August 9, 2011 and originally published February 14, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar retireat30

I saw this live and almost fell of the couch laughing.

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avatar real people, real finances

Too funny. In a lot of cases, that’s what it comes down to.

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