Buddhism is an old philosophy, which teaches that "suffering ends when craving ends". So, the less we need and want the happier we are. It concentrates on the more important matters in life, like humanity, love, the spiritual aspects of our life etc. There is some reason for this philosophy being so popular especially in western cultures. Our capitalistic society has a totally different outlook on life and other values (if any). Some who notice the negative side of society, modern civilization and technological development, have a need to free themselves of this kind of money and time prison, and turn to unconventional methods and lifestyles.
It's hard for me to say which values should be more important than money, but any higher(at least in some way)values cannot be maintained if we're thinking about earning money, paying the bills, buying material things etc. Of course money is needed, but you never know when the need can overwhelm us and if we don't control ourselves, our needs will become whims.
Deficiency sometimes may lead to boosted creativity. For example, in the past, when there wasn't such a variety of toys in the shops, children had to make their own toys or think of games to play. This automatically enhanced their imagination. So having less may be helpful.
Therefore, money itself may not be the problem here, but the way we come to achieve it. I have no easy way out for people in general, I know what some may do to run away from this kind of life trap. But it's not a solution for all, because society must function somehow, and if we can't change it, there have to be people to work for it.