Ahahahahhahahahhah. Oh wow.
Goodness, how times have changed.
I remember when my family moved from Russia to the United States, and we didn't yet understand the difference in currency and often bought expensive things thinking they were cheap... Hah. But once we lost most of our savings, we began to think America was an expensive country and that people weren't being paid enough to be able to purchase what they need and want. (Though, really, I guess we were just shopping at the wrong stores...)
Then, the economy went down, and what we thought, indeed became true.
Turns out that back then, everything was swell. What we'd give to be back when "everything was expensive", because really, it wasn't at all.