I have noticed something odd on Dutch personal finance blogs, or rather the blogs that promote frugality. See, commenters tend to cheer for people who have regular salaries or low incomes and are paying off their debts. However, when somebody earns a shitload and starts stashing it away there are a little less cheers and some envious comments. There also seems to be a battle between people who are forced to live a frugal lifestyle and people who choose to live a frugal lifestyle even though they can “afford” a “regular” or “luxurious” lifestyle and keep up with the Joneses.
I don’t know, it’s just something that I thought I’d noticed.
I also have the feeling that it’s a Dutch thing. The nail that sticks out gets hammered down sort of thing. Whereas in America the squeaky wheel gets all the grease and people who have done well for themselves by stashing a huge amount are cheered on. It’s not something I noticed on my blog, but while reading comments on Dutch versions.
What’s your culture like when it comes to this issue? Is my perception of the Dutch correct?