8 THINGS THAT WEREN’T CONSIDERED LUXURIES 20–30 YEARS AGO (BUT ARE NOW)

Real Wood Furniture:

Expressing frustration with high prices for fiberboard furniture; sharing a personal experience of building a cost-effective lumber bed.

Speaking To A Human:

Nostalgia for the days of talking to a real person when calling a company; dissatisfaction with current IVR systems.

Affordable Living: The Size Of Our House:

Highlighting the challenge of paying over 30% of income in rent; sharing a personal experience of fixed rent in poverty housing.

Being Unreachable:

Mobile phones making individuals permanently available, impacting personal time; frustration with being known as the one who never answers work calls off duty.

Household Items That Last:

Contrasting durability of older household items with the decline in quality today; citing examples of a long-lasting fridge versus short-lived cookware.

Free Driving Lessons: Revealing Your Ignorance (To Taxi Drivers):

 Reflecting on the absence of free driver's education classes; personal regret impacting financial struggles and college plans.

Retiring:

Comparing perks in Western Europe to paid benefits in the US; noting the decrease in business contributions to 401(k) retirement plans.

Watching Planes Take-Off For Free: Jet Fuel:

Recalling the past when watching planes was free; observing the current practice of charging fees for viewing.