I have been contemplating the worth of money lately. I know what you’re thinking, “A dollar is worth a dollar, dummy”…but I’m not talking about the numeric value. My wife and I haven’t always been on the same wavelength when it comes to some of the little splurges in life. I sweat the small stuff a bit too much and those little splurges get under my skin. They make me feel like my whole goal system is flawed and each one of those little purchases are setbacks breaking my stride.
On the other hand, when my family come into town, I spend like a Gatsby (ok not really, but you get the point). When there is a special occasion, the value of my dollar decreases because the joy of being with family and friends is worth more than the money it costs to go out to eat, go bowling or rent a few movies and enjoy the evening together.
Just like the other night when there was a coupon discrepancy and an additional $14 dollars was vanquished from my bank account, but the event was a special occasion so we took the beating at the restaurant in the name of celebration.
On an even larger scale, this weekend a good friend of mine is getting married so we are traveling to join the festivities at his wedding. The cost will be upwards of $200 for the trip, plus I got new tires on our car that cost $350 this week so that the trip will be a safe one.
These costs are all worth it because the value of friendship, living life to the fullest and never passing up a once in a lifetime opportunity far exceed that of the man made dollar bill.
Some people spend their whole lifes living it up though. The parties never stop and they seem to always be having a good time so where do the two values meet? What makes or breaks a once in a lifetime opportunity and how do you decide which is worth spending the time and money on?
That is entirely up to you based on what you value.
What I’m saying here is frugality and personal finance are great but they are a means to an end. That end is happiness. If you never take a break in the action to actually breath in some happiness and spend some of the money you have been saving for exactly this situation, you’re wasting your time and your life.
Now I’m not saying bust out the credit cards and charge your way to bliss. Just stop letting the little, mundane and pointless crap get you down. If the value you find in a cup of coffee in the morning or a scented candle around Christmas time are worth what you are paying for them, then that dollar was well spent. Others may call this the crap that you are passionate about.
I’m not going to ask you what you splurge on because I don’t want to classify buying things that add value to your life splurges but I would like to know what you think. What little things add value to your life?
Here are a few of mine.. I love homemade chocolate chip cookies especially when I make them myself. I love candy corn in fall. I love really thick wool socks when it gets cold outside… br>
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