Nor will we miss being blatantly gouged for every single thing we buy. There's been a completely insane attitude out there that it is somehow a mark of bling sophistication to be rich enough to be ripped off and arrogantly pay it anyway. WTF!?! There'll be a lot of fat margin-trimming being enforced over the next 3 years.
SW - I like your emotive posting! I think these things myself and then one of the Other Voices (top right towards the back of my head I think) says "you're just being an Old Fart - Times Have Changed....")
But seriously I do fear we have thrown the baby out with the bathwater. Just to pick one small piece from your posting, in recent years I have become even more cynical about what people will waste their money on (grammer, grammer.......) - and even though there is some belt-tightening going on there is STILL oodles of dosh being splashed out on brand-name junk, moronic magazines about moronic "celebrities", gold-plated audio cables, €1,500 handbags,etc. Attitudes have not changed yet - it has not sunk in that paying Centra or petrol-station prices for stuff you could get at Tesco or Dunnes, not to mention Lidl/Aldi, is crazy. How difficult is it to make yer own sandwiches or healthy snack, for instance (and yes I do buy a SubWay or a Breakfast Roll now and then - delicious but expensive). As somebody else on the Pin pointed out recently it's amazing how it the foreigners/immigrants are doing all the stuff we used to do like finding fun for free in public parks and walks, beaches and so on - while Irish people queue up in their cars at the bloody shopping mall.