SR and I had lunch out with some friends today who live in our subdivision/development, but are originally from St Louis. She and I started talking about changing buying habits.
My friend formerly got designer clothes and didn't think a minute about spending big bucks for her clothes or for anything else, for that matter. I said an analogy for me was the I perso type cosmetics I used. Back in the day when I made fairly good money sellng office equipment, I'd go to Saks and get Chanel cosmetics. After they started playing with my sales compensation program, I switched to Estee Lauder.
One of the women at my office was moonlighting selling Avon, and I discovered that some of their line was every bit as effective as the higher price items. Since I'm no longer working there, I made the wonderful observation that the Olay Regenerist stuff that I could get at Costco with a coupon for $15 a jar worked even better than some of the Chanel that was well over $100 a jar.
I wish that I had all that money I blew. My cosmetics thing is an analogy about general spending habits.
My question, has anyone else gotten "smarter" due to the recession and adjusted their spending? Has it been a hardship?
I personally think the way of life is just as good now, just not as extravagent. I feel better conserving our resources to save for that rainy day that I know is coming if Obama is re-elected. If conditions improve, then we'll have some assets to just have fun and blow for the heck of it. It's just that I don't trust Obama and the number of people on the dole who are dependent on the dems for keeping that money flowing to them.