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There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand: Financial Do’s and Don’ts from Arrested Development

This is the story of a wealthy family who lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together…

This is Arrested Development.

For anyone who’s ever done a terrible impression of a chicken, who’s uncomfortable taking off their jean shorts (even when they shower), and who’s a fan of illusions (but not magic tricks)…

This is for you.

In honor of the newest season of Arrested Development premiering on Netflix this weekend, I bring to you my top three favorite financial lessons from the Bluth Family:

“There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand.” – George Bluth, Sr.

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Do: Save up money for an emergency. You never know when you’ll need a quarter million dollars. Take a cue from George Bluth, Sr., who lines the walls of the Bluth’s Frozen Bananas stand with $250,000 cash. You know, just in case.

Don’t: Put all of your eggs in one basket (or all of your money in one banana stand). You never know when someone will come along and burn it all to the ground. Be sure to diversify where you keep your money.

“Oh my God, we’re having a fire!!! … sale.” – Tobias Funke

Do: Take advantage of good opportunities. Whether it’s a South Coast Boutique fire sale or a $1,100 acting class from Carl Weathers, if a good deal comes your way, be sure you have the resources to take advantage of it.

Don’t: Come ill-prepared to a job interview (or a casting call). Applying for your dream job? Auditioning for those meaty leading man parts? Do your homework and prepare accordingly. You don’t want to blow it… and accidentally confuse a fire sale with an actual fire.

“Yeah, the guy wearing the $4,000 suit is holding the elevator for the guy who doesn’t make that in four months. COME ON!” – Gob Bluth

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Do: Dress for success in the workplace. If you’re looking for a promotion (or you want to take over your dad’s company while he’s serving time), make sure you dress the part. Nothing says, “Give me a raise!” like a crisp, new suit.

Don’t: Let money get to your head. Nobody likes a show off, especially when it comes to money. Take care not to flaunt what you have – you’ll make enemies quickly.

And no one should be paying $4,000 for a suit in the first place. Come on.

What’s your favorite life lesson from Arrested Development? And are you watching all the new episodes at once this weekend or spreading them out? 🙂

Original Images: Arrested Development.

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