We (Indians) save money, but.....We, the Indians, are not spendthrift by nature. We save money in different ways, which people of western countries can't even imagine. Some of the ways which we adopt to save money are stated below:-
(a) We squeeze the almost-empty toothpaste tube and then cut it into half to make it last for another week!
(b) We re-use our torn T-shirts to mop the floor.
(c) Indian ladies fill the near-empty shampoo bottle with water so that it can be used for another wash!
(d) We generate regular monthly income by selling old newspapers, periodicals and plastic bottles.
(e) Some of us purchase half-tickets for our 15-year old children or brothers/sisters by stating that they are less than 12.
(f) Indian ladies creatively convert soft-drink bottles into decorative items.
(g) We bargain to get complimentary dhaniya, mirchi (chili) and kadi patta from vegetable-sellers.
However, after painstakingly saving money over the years, we, the Indians spend lakhs of rupees to feed little-known or unknown neighbours and distant relatives on the occasion of the marriages of our children. The people of western countries don't do it either.