Sometimes I’m surprised by the perceived value of things. I’m lucky. I work in a job that covers my rent and health insurance and gives me enough expendable income to be comfortable.
I have these ideas of what constitutes “cheap” or “a good deal” and then I’ll talk to my coworkers and suddenly it becomes apparent that we come from very different financial backgrounds.
I talked to one coworker about “mid range” jeans. He asked what I considered mid range jeans to be. I told him $15-35. Basically what you buy at Target or Old Navy, not Walmart. He looked at me like I was insane. For him “mid range” was $100.
I asked another coworker about her cute backpack. She said it was $60. I asked if the company has a lifetime guarantee because I don’t mind spending more for a product if the company will replace it or fix it if it gets worn out. She gawked at me. “$60 is really cheap for a backpack. Just buy a new one if the zipper breaks or whatever!”
Its just interesting what people’s definitions of “cheap” are. And even though I could probably afford $100 for jeans if I really really wanted them… I can’t imagine spending that much. Its an absurd number for me. But for a lot of people its “mid range”… the average amount they spend on jeans. Its nothing.