These used to be the upgraded items. The luxury features that we worked hard for, strive for... and sometimes refinanced our homes for. Now, every new construction home in the country seems to have these features as a standard and the 20-somethings complain if it's not a given in their very first home.
I STILL don't have granite counter tops and am just now getting a stainless gas range this weekend (thank you Labor Day sales). But who are these entitled buyers that stick their noses up to homes that, god forbid, have Corian counters, linoleum floors and cream appliances? We've become a society that must have the biggest, best and shiniest or we don't match up to our neighbors.
Homes built today are about 25% bigger than they were just 15 years ago. These homes have so much space you have to buy scads of new furniture just so you don't look like you're broke. We are burying ourselves in debt just to keep up only to discover everyone else is doing the exact same thing. So who are we really comparing ourselves to?
Does the fridge work? Stove turn on and heat food? Can you place a bowl on the counter? What's wrong with just living with and being happy with what we have? I may not live in the fanciest house on the block but I'm not buried in debt. I am saving for the little luxuries in life and paying in cash. We have a list on the fridge with goals for items we need, and of course there are a few "wants" in there. And that's ok... but not to the point that we are snubbing our noses at those that don't meet societies standard of home features.
Stop wanting it all right out of the gate and work for it. I did and still am. I'm sure many of you did and still are as well. Let's not get wrapped up in the stainless and granite lifestyle. If we all have it, no one is special anymore. What will it be next? Diamond topped counters and platinum appliances? I dread the inevitable.