According to an article in this week’s USA Today newspaper, if you want to keep up with the Joneses, you’d better start living simply:
Trends guru Faith Popcorn puts it this way: “It’s cooler not to spend.”
The article suggests that the slowing economy has something to do with excess being out of fashion, but that the economy is not the only motivating factor behind people wanting to live with less stuff. Personally, I don’t know if it’s a trend. If there is a trend, I just think a good chunk of people are starting to notice that not everyone is on the over-consumption bandwagon, and that a few of their neighbors, family, and friends are happy — truly happy — living simply. What are your thoughts? I’d love to read your reactions to the article in the comments.