Most Helpful Girl
Yes and no.
Yes, in the sense that I like things that are VERY well-made and unique -- and things like that are usually expensive.
I have... a thing for Hervé Léger dresses, for example. Each of mine cost at least a few hundred dollars, and a couple were over $1000 even with big discounts.
But... if you've ever worn one -- or even SEEN a woman wearing one -- you'll understand why they cost so much.
The knits themselves are durable, heavy, perfectly uniform, beautifully detailed and finished, and dyed with colors that will NEVER fade. The zippers don't break or cause any puckering in the fabric, even though these are TIGHT-fitting dresses (like "hold in all yr breath while I zip you up!" kind of tight). And ohhh shit what these dresses do to a woman's curves. <3 <3
I also have lots of expensive shoes. But, this is another "you get what you pay for" department. I'm talking about beautiful shoes that are also reasonably *comfortable* (you know how rare this is at lower price points, I presume) and DURABLE... I have some pairs of dress pumps that I've owned for as long as 10 years, with just a re-sole every now and then.
The expensive stuff I like, is like this -- it's stuff that I exquisitely APPRECIATE, and that I wear or use on the regular.
No, in the following senses:
• I don't care AT ALL about expensive things that aren't FUNCTIONAL.
My wedding band cost less than $100, and I still have no intention of trading up to anything fancier for daily wear (although my husband, who does some metalwork, has made me some other rings for special occasions).
Tbh, I would HATE wearing expensive jewelry -- I would just worry about losing it, having stones fall out, etc.
• I don't care AT ALL about "showing off".
I like to enjoy expensive stuff MYSELF, but, the LESS that random people see, the better -- I don't want to make myself a target, either of spite or of robbery.
I drive old cars (which I work on myself), and I mostly just walk around in workout clothes.
• I HATE conspicuous branding.
If anything has a visible brand name on it -- especially a designer name -- nope. Count me out. I'm not a billboard; if I wanted to advertise a brand, I'd expect to be paid for it!
I only wear stuff where the branding is extremely subtle -- or, better yet, absent altogether.
• My family and I live WAY below our means.
These days, our spending isn't even 50% of MY income. (That's not even counting my husband's.)
I call MYSELF "high maintenance", but, you tell me.2
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Most Helpful Guy
I used to be. In fact, in my 20s I was driven to have a net value of at least a million dollars by the age of 30. It didn't happen. I was able to have more net worth than most everyone I knew back then. And few friends.
I now see money as a necessity of life, not its goal. Once you have enough money to take care of the basics the rest has only one use. To buy stuff. And the more stuff you have the more of a slave you become to it.
When I see people chasing money over a happy life I know from experience where their life is headed. Money and materalist stuff will not bring you happiness. That is a lie continually sold to the younger generations for decades to sell their movies and TV shows. I grew up. Love the life you have, not the stuff of the world. There is where you will find true happiness.0