Continuing the theme of 'making do with less', and I am waiting for your tips, this post wants to hint that there is more to life than enriching the money worshipers, more to life than consuming. You knew that before.
I have been reading reactions to the economic downturn, especially in America; at the same time sickened and delighted to hear the whining of the rich - but only those who believe there should be no limit to the riches they can accrue, and no limit to the 'freedom' of the 'market' that can help them accrue it.
Individuals whose creative genius (in music, art, science, etc.) - makes them rich are not included for condemnation because they also enrich the world. The parasites who manipulate other people's money, purely to make money, contribute almost nothing, but are usually the ones who scream the loudest when they see the poor and disadvantaged, (and I include the 'lazy') being allowed to live at any level higher than a factory farmed pig.
This is not a negative rant. The great middle classes who think 'making do with less' is mainly for richer people are probably capable of stepping back and re-appraising their real needs, without shouting for revolution.
Askcherlock is worth reading for its sanity and clarity; pop over there now. The rest of this post is comment on a comment I added there.