Exactly. My impression is that most of Western society is spendthrift* (i.e. it is the default relationship with money) but simultaneously believes they are in fact thrifty**. From their perspective, people like those on this forum are different/weird/incomprehensible or just have a highly undesirable lifestyle. Meanwhile, from a historical perspective, or if you broaden to include people in the third world/less "developed" countries... people have always been striving to get the absolute most bang for their buck, so to speak.Did wrote:Getting the same outcome for less money just makes sense. You can't argue with it. There is no downside. And yet it isn't something most people think about: being inefficient is seen as a sign of success even if you are paying for the inefficiency using a high income you get at work because you are so good at being efficient there.
Maybe because I live in a particularly high cost of living/high income area in the US, but I'm constantly aware of how inefficient people's lifestyles are.
*A great word: "A spendthrift is someone who spends money prodigiously and who is extravagant and recklessly wasteful, often to a point where the spending climbs well beyond his or her means."
**This probably includes many poor Westerners, but there is certainly a subset of the 'poor' who are extremely resourceful and efficient.