And I thought I hated all creeps. Till I read this thread.
I think Life style creep is a misnomer. It should be called " Life style dream". It is great if you can afford it. If not, if not, it could be a night mare.
We just returned from Yellowstone National Park and stayed in a cabin. We hated it. At least the sheets were clean and we were warm and we had a private bathroom and the shower was blasting hot water. Where was the coffee maker? Where were the chairs to sit on? We never turn on the television in any hotel room so we thought it was plus the cabin did not come with one. No closets and no place to put your suit case and you have to go through a muddy patch to enter the front door so till it cleaned it you lived in pig sty. My DS ( it took me forever to figure out what DH or DW was) was willing to tip well for cleaning this place, but the cleaning lady ( what is wrong with this picture) did not show up tlll 4 PM, when we were back from a wet and snowy day.
I refuse to pay for Internet service if it is not free, I think it is as great a rip off similar to long distance dialing from a hotel room. Do they think I am stupid? At least at the visitor center the WiFi was free but so painfully slow.
Clearly I am stupid, because I spent $ 165 a night for what I thought was worth $ 70 ( hot water and not being cold is worth at least $ 50 a night and the base line is $ 20 to be able to lock your door).
Where do these numbers come from?
I have no idea. I do feel I have an internal compass. It just does not work too good.
After spending 5 nights in an National Park and not being to to fly out and having to stay at spend an extra night at the Holiday Express it appeared like the Four Seasons. We have been at the Four Seasons but to really appreciate it, you should stay at a National Park cabin first , then the Four Seasons is so worth it.
May be I should embrace my inner frugal "Mini Me". However my father pointed out 50 years ago that we should support the economy by spending. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Friedman
. If we are financially independent, let the money rain. It is good for the economy.
PS: I think it helps to really suffer in my younger years to really appreciate what I have now . I was so happy to find a $ 20 room 20 year ago till I found out it did not have heat and the window was broken and I went to sleep in my ski clothes, ski mask and gloves because I did not have the sense to move a hotel room with heat, just because I did not want to spend $ 50 for a motel room. I empathize for all the people who do not have the option for life style creep.
I used to bike for one hour to get to work in the rain, and now I sit happily in traffic for the one hour and if it rains I am so grateful I am in a car and not cold and wet to the bone.
The Golden Rule: One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.