As Americans come to grips with an economic crisis that was fueled largely by overextended spending, the word "thrift" has returned to vogue. But many argue that thriftiness still connotates for most of us being "miserly, penny-pinching, no fun," as one columnist recently writes. And the fact that the federal government has sent us "economic stimulus" checks and may do so again soon reinforces the idea that spending is an almost patriotic duty.
What do you think? What should a Catholic's approach to finances be?