The power of marketing.
People don't really want to listen to Dave Ramsey about budgeting. Spending money is fun, no one one wants to live below their means. It's all about instant gratification, (YOLO) you live only once.
My older sister drives a Mercedes, I have driven it before and I don't feel right in it, uneasy, I like the car, I guess I don't want to be recognized. The guy she is with drives a Lamborghini Murcielago, it's paid off, he told me he always wanted one, I'm a car guy too but it's too expensive for my taste. Both of them make good money and work really hard, I remembered he had two full time jobs once. She has a house, it's about 3 years now, she's been aggressive on paying it off, paid off more than half on it now and has no other debt.
My younger sister drives a big truck, Toyota Tundra, it's shiny and new. Doesn't really need it, I hope she gets rid of it. I mean I like it too but she hasn't towed anything with it before. She works at Mercedes and can lease a car from them for about two/three hundred dollars a month. She still has some student loans. I visit her maybe once a month, while I was sorting through the mail I saw a mail from a credit card company that she had opened, I thought it was junk mail, usually I look through it before I tear it up. As I was reading it, the mail stated "request for increase of line of credit - DENIED", she had a credit score of 580, from a scale of 150-990. I put the mail back down and realized some one is living beyond her means.
As for myself, I'm boring, all I do is save and invest. I drive an old car, I remember I parked my car in the driveway at friend's house in The Woodlands(Houston area), it seemed all the cars there were shiny and new except mine
. Also, I don't get hit up by people wanting to borrow money from me which is a relief. I don't worry about this stuff and my health would probably show it, I'd still get people asking for my ID everywhere I go (I'm 31), even at the movie theater, lack of stress and worry. I hope you stop caring about other people's "wealth", it's good for your health. Interesting thread.