How many times have your children said, “I need this?”
Or how many times has your spouse said it? What about you? How many times have you said it?
At the risk of dragging out the old, “I had to walk to school uphill both ways in the snow,” argument, what Americans consider a need today is much different from the past.
In addition, Americans have created a culture in which the concept of “need” is much different from anywhere else in the world.
Enough about historical comparisons and international economics. Let’s look at a few examples of what Americans today consider needs and just how ridiculous (and expensive) they are. While we’re at it, let’s consider some common sense alternatives.