Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Geiz ist nicht immer geil

There's a very fashionable saying/philosophy in Germany these days. Geiz ist geil. In other words, stingy is cool. It is now indeed considered cool to shop for cheap and to say how little you paid by such and such store. Discount stores like Aldi are thus incredibly successful, their clientele ranging from students, unemployed, to the normal mid-class population.

Being able to buy something for cheaper than budgeted is indeed quite nice. Especially now that we are pretty much living on one salary. But maybe just because of that, because we always need to budget everything in an attempt to save money, I have desires of all the things we cannot afford. Like a weekend trip to Madrid for example. IMHO (in my humble opinion) geiz ist nicht immer geil (i.e. stingy is not always cool!) Since when is Uncle Scrooge cool???

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