Amy Dacyczyn, author of the wildly popular 1990s The Tightwad Gazette, wrote a post one time about the television show Roseanne.
She noted that Dan and Roseanne are always struggling financially.
One time, they get an unexpected bonus of $50, and each Dan and Roseanne spend the money on things for themselves without discussing their purchases with one another. Now, instead of having an extra $50, they are $50 in the hole.
Dacyczyn noted that every time Dan or Roseanne got extra money or worked overtime, they developed a “Yipee!-We-can-spend” attitude. Yet, when money is tight, they scrimp and save and “feel poor” because they can’t spend.
Is America a Nation of Dan and Roseanne Connors?
The last several years have been rough ones financially for American citizens.
Many people lost their houses, and even if they were able to keep up with payments, they may have found themselves underwater. People lost their jobs, and even if they were able to stay employed, they may not have seen a raise for years while health care and other costs escalated.
Yet, there are signs that the economy is improving.