My friend, Jenny, wrote this in late elementary school. She's pretty smart.
Why Americans Buy Lots of Stuff by Jenny Campbell:
I believe Americans buy lots of stuff because they feel happy when they have something new. Also we Americans tend to follow fads. It's like we think that it will make us cooler and popular if we have the latest fashion or toy. Of course, that's rarely ever true. If Americans bought only the essential stuff, like food, water, electricity, and a new shirt when our old ones had holes, America would be a nicer, healthier country.
True that, fifth grade Jenny. True that.