I would like to see a teenager try this one out on his parents.
Mom, Dad, I know I’ve spent irresponsibly and I’m at the limit you gave me on my credit card. But, if you don’t call the credit card company and have my limit raised, bad things will happen. Now is the time to do it. You got to eat your peas.
Somehow I think that expression fits better in the parents’ argument.
Son, Is it a surprise to you are nearing your credit limit? You said yourself, that in the United States of America we don’t run things 3-months or 6-months at a time. Yet, here we are. You didn’t look at your spending behavior a year or two ago and think, hmmm….I have a limit? If I keep spending like this I will hit it in 2011. Maybe I should do something. No you waited until about 3-to-6 months ago to start thinking about it and your main solution is for us to let you borrow more money on our good names?
Now is the time for you to eat your peas. You need to make some tough choices. You need to cut your spending. I know that won’t make you or your friends — who you buy things for with our money — happy. But that’s generally what ‘eat your peas’ means.
What you want to do is not eat your peas. You want to feed them to the dog, then you want to have your cake and eat it too.