My brother is a wine geek. He travels the country visiting wineries and buying very expensive bottles of wine. Most of his picks taste like Alka-Seltzer to me, but he’s quite pleased with them. While many of us in the family think his wine expenditures are beyond extravagant and would never consider spending that kind of money for alcohol, we also find him to be so penny-pinching tight in other areas that it makes us nuts. At one Thanksgiving gathering, he became so upset with my brother-in-law for purchasing name brand egg nog instead of the generic that he demanded we all participate in a blind taste test to see if we could tell the difference, thus proving what a waste of money it was to buy the name brand.
These two spending examples demonstrate how many of us have radically different money values when it comes to the stuff in our lives. For me, it’s the little things we use every day. I can’t stand to throw away that last sliver of soap or the tube of toothpaste that seems empty, yet I have no problem buying the quality cut of meat or the cool car. It makes no sense.