I think he means don't get married and don't have kids before you
gradate high school and get a job. ;o)
But, you make a good point, too.
I don't know how old everybody is but I remember growing up and almost
everybody had smallish houses and, if you were lucky, you had a one-
car garage. The rooms were markedly smaller than the obnoxious ones
today. Two or three kids would be piled into one bedroom. There
would be no elbow room around the supper table. Everybody would watch
the same TV show in the same room because there was only one TV (and
it wasn't always color!).
The thing is, in a way, a lot of room is nice. In another way,
however, it is a millstone around your neck. You pay more for
everything house-related because, well, there is more of it. You tend
to accumulate more *junk* that you don't need. And whenever you
follow the sequence set forth above, once the kids move out, the place
is just too dang big for two old people. Then common sense returns
and the old people look for a smaller place--with a bigger workshop
(one that does not have to be shared with a stinking car).
I sort of agree that getting a big house is like trying to keep up
with the Joneses or Smiths or Rockefellers. You can come up with
1,000+ excuses of why that may not be the case but logic will keep
bringing you back to you trying to keep up with the Joneses.
My wife has attempted to pressure me into buying newer and bigger over
the past 20 years but all I did was add on one 13x22 room on the main
floor of my smallish split-entry house and dug out the same size room
downstairs that she sort of took over as personal storage space. Now
that the oldest is getting ready to go off to college in the fall, the
place seems almost big enough. Once the younger one goes to college,
it will be just right.
Well, not really "just right" because the wife insists on cars being
in the garage and the, *gasp*, tools moved out of the way but this is
a small price to pay when you realize you are done paying a mortgage
and you actually own the place lock, stock, and barrel.
The saddest thing is that the monthly property tax allocation is now
more than the mortgage we used to pay. But that is the subject of