What Kind Of Spending Makes You Happiest?

What Kind Of Spending Makes You Happiest?
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You don’t need money to be happy. But studies do show that spending your money on certain things can make you feel satisfied. So how exactly does your spending affect your happiness?

Frugal nerds say this a lot, but I like to cut back on the stuff I don’t care about so I can spend money on stuff I actually enjoy. This feels like I’m getting the most value out of my money. But what I find valuable might not be the same for you.

If you have spending money after paying your bills and expenses, what do you actually enjoy spending that money on? Or, maybe part of your bills and expenses do make you happy. For example, maybe you prefer to spend a little more on housing, because that makes you happiest.

I think you get the point. Tell us — what kind of spending makes you feel most satisfied?


  • Mostly social events. But then, it has to be good value still. I wouldn’t want to spend money on an expensive restaurant with friends, when I good have just as good a time in a cheaper restaurant. That would actually be worse because I’d feel like I’d just spend heaps of money and the return (or fun) wasn’t worth it.

  • New stationery. I love going to Officeworks right before a new semester of uni to stock up on new pens and notebooks. Supplies for random projects as well – I’m planning to make a wall hanging of Scrabble tiles for my lounge room wall, and I am very much looking forward to paying my nearest art store a visit.

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