We've been away from the UK for almost 5 years now and one of the main differences between here and the UK was the lack of materialism here. My eaperience before leaving was that of so many people bragging about how much they had paid for this and that. Now I don't have a lot of contact with pals in the UK save for family but with my limited connections I'm getting a totally different picture now. I'm hearing so many stories from folks about how much cheaper things are and people being so proud of the bargains they are bagging. I know my own Mother is pretty horrified at what we pay for food shopping here yet it was all the other way round 4-5 years ago. Is this perception I have correct? (I've not been back to the UK for 3 years). Have prices tumbled and have attitudes changed so much?