What is your attitude to money? Either as an institution or simply as means? Is money for spending or saving and what do you think has influenced your attitude towards it, family, friends, culture or incidents which have lent perspective to your life?
I remember reading once that an obsticle to setting up and establishing successful businesses can be that the individuals involved are unused to increased income and spending, so they run a franchise or enterprise like they would a household or individual spending habits and fail.
Considering the accounts of the health trust I work in I know that the figures are collossal and I would think seriously about the spending patterns if I were in a position to do so and command that, I never will be and I know that there are other bureaucratic and career scheming which influences that anyway. It did make me think about it and lent me some perspective when my accountant buddy told me the numbers he crunches.
Another example could be the till roll that someone posted in the random thought thread a while back, it was hundreds of thousands of pounds spent in a single night in, I presume a fairly exclusive venue, it seemed obscene to me and I would not consider myself a particularly frugal or serious spender.
However, my brothers and particularly my younger brother who works two seperate jobs, have both commented on my saving and said that I do save a lot more money than them, it certainly is not a case of money in and out each month, I like to save more than I will spend and take satisfaction from that.
On the other hand I'm conscious that in a crisis money can be devalued, to that end I've bought books enough to do me if I lost my job and dont have many other expenses besides.
I dont renew my wardrobe each month and dont buy big ticket items like cars annually, I dont own or watch a TV, I dont really go in for expensive speak systems or other conspicious consumption trappings. I also dont drink or smoke and I'll be honest that's as much to do with expense than health concerns.