One example, I saved money buying a car because it had crank windows and no power locks. My attitude: "That's fine. I can live like it's 1984. It's not worth an extra $3,000 for those "luxuries"". Others' attitude: "That sucks." I'm happy with my car - but throw it at someone else and they'd probably be disappointed. At the time, we could have thrown more money at a car - but I didn't want to. I was trying to be retro-y and hip or something. Or felt the money could be best saved for something else. I got what I paid for - and I was happy with it.
Then there those times that you want to buy quality but just can't swing it. Sure, a $2,500 Pottery Barn couch is probably made with great craftsmanship and will be durable and functional for a long time. Plus, it's probably really pretty. However, if you only have $500 to drop on a couch and you need a couch - you have to schlub it over to Bob's Discount Furniture and see what the deal master has for you. So will your attitude be, "This couch sucks, life sucks, I hate this couch!" or will it be, "Well I got the best for the money I had...it was a great deal...I love my new couch!"
This also reminds me of a conversation I had with some lady about 5 years ago. She was talking about how she'd only move to towns with "great school districts". I hardly knew her - so it was kind of an odd conversation. Anyone who lives near Boston and has kids know - living in a town with a "great school district" comes with a price. To be blunt, unless I find a way to fart 1/2 million dollars out of my butt, I'm not living in a "great school district" ever. So am I going to sit here and be convinced my kids are doomed because they are in an "average" school district? Or am I going to embrace what is offered and make the best of it?
One last example - sometimes your own craftsmanship can make your crappy purchase into a better one. I bought dressers for my kids at Target - because at the time, I could afford (barely) $99 dressers. I couldn't afford $400+, better quality dressers. These dressers sucked - and I knew they would suck buying them. Not kid friendly at all. If you knew how quickly they got broken, you'd be shocked. But luckily, my husband has some craftsmanship know-how to him and he was able to do some modifications to the drawers on the cheap which made them durable to withstand the strength of a 5 & 6 year-old. So our crappy, "I definitely got what I paid for" purchase turned into something better with a little work.
So sure - quality does come at a price. The average person can drop a few extra bucks on better laundry detergent or toilet paper - but sometimes not the "big ticket items". Embrace what you can afford - because some people can't even afford that crap. Be grateful for what you have - because THERE ARE others in the world who would kill to have what you have. And lastly, if a rich person gives you a "you get what you pay for" spiel - feel free to slap them across the face.