Rich Family Cuts Nanny, Keeps Botox

Even among the wealthy, some splurges have become unaffordable.


Normally, I'm not one to judge people's splurges. But I found myself puzzled over the choices of a family profiled in today's Wall Street Journal.

In the front page article, " When the Going Gets Tough, Some People Lay Off the Nanny," we meet Suzanne Sirof, a stay-at-home mom who enjoys spa outings as well as Botox and Juvéderm injections. (In case Juvéderm isn't part of your everyday speech, it's an injectable gel that reduces the appearance of wrinkles.)

Sirof recently laid off her nanny, Alba Monterrosa, who is now unable to buy her own children shoes, in order to save money. As a result, one of Sirof's daughters has become "sad and withdrawn" because she misses Monterrosa so much. Meanwhile, Sirof has decided she can still afford her Botox treatments.

Those are some interesting priorities.