1. You haven’t spent all your money, so you have resources for other things
Any Joe Schmoe can spend his entire paycheck in two weeks. There’s nothing special about that. What is significant, however, is when someone has saved up the money to do something different – retire at 50, travel the world for two years, save a species of whales…
2. You’re disciplined
... which is the opposite of reckless. Chances are, if you don’t spend recklessly, it’s probable that you may also refrain from carelessness in your eating habits, irresponsibility in your love life, or rashness in any other habits, without first giving the necessary consideration for the outcomes.
3. You’re a critical thinker
You don’t accept things at face value and that makes you a genuine individual. You sift through the onslaught of advertising and social messages and rather than scramble to acquire everything, you take the time to figure out what you really need. Chances are, you’re also more satisfied with what you own as a result.
4. You’re not compensating for anything
From my experience, the more materialistic someone is, the less stable their underlying self-assurance. Maybe there are exceptions to this rule, but I can’t help but cringe each time I hear someone boast that they own four iPods, store their clothes in two closets, or joyride in their boss’s Maserati.
5. You’ve based your identity on something else
If you’re not identifying yourself simply as a “Lexus driver” or a “Starbucks drinker” or a “Tiffany’s girl,” then you’re probably instead identifying yourself by your thoughts on the fairness of FASB 157 or the use of the Oxford comma or the rationale of the NFL draft.