The advancement of science has improved our, so called quality of like significantly, in various areas. This is a fact, which is easily verifiable. If one looks at each separate area, ex: health, communication, transport, private comfort and utilities, entertainment, infrastructure; one will find significant improvement has been made in each areas.
Note: These are the areas where one spends more than one receives. For children, one spends lot, for higher education, the rule is that the society must and should receive more , for services one is paid for more value addition then what is being paid otherwise the person will not take your services. External interactions which also includes spouse, once again requires spending. Life is consumed as one goes along.