It's easy to get stuck thinking that you need to spend money to do something worthwhile. With the right perspective, however, saving money can actually open up more experiences to you.
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There's certainly nothing wrong with treating yourself every once in a while, but William Cowie at Get Rich Slowly suggests that when you associate spending with fun, you can end up turning a blind eye to things that might be even more fulfilling:
A money-saving mindset can lead to experiences you would miss otherwise... If you apply this to regular living, you find that, for instance, playing board games with friends is a terrific way to add memories and build relationships... I have come to realise that, when you look back in life, it's the relationships we remember, the happy times of laughing that really matter.
Getting dinner and a movie with someone might make you happy, but cooking a meal at home together and watching a movie you haven't seen yet could make you even happier. Stop thinking that saving money is a roadblock to fulfilment, and think of it as just another fork in the road instead.
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