In Chinese tradition, it is a great merit for people to be frugal. Our parents have gone through the hard time when our country’s economy is not good. So they get used to be economical about everything. When the situation gets better, they still live in the old way. To improve lifestyle, they can think about giving up living the old style.
When I was very small, my parents educated me all the time that I should not waste money, so I always compared the prices before I made bargain, in the purpose of paying in the lowest price. But as I grow up and make money by my own, I start to consider about whether being frugal is best for me. For example, I want to buy a brand watch, which is very suitable for me, while there is another watch that is much cheaper and I don’t like it. My parents must take the latter one. But I decide to buy the one I like, because it worths.
The old generation gets used to the poor days and they don’t realize the necessity of chasing a better lifestyle. When life gets better, it is reasonable to spend money to enjoy a comfortable life.