Focus Your Spending On Things You Love, Cut All The Things You Don't

Focus Your Spending On Things You Love, Cut All the Things You Don't

Once you start cutting expenses to improve your budget, everything you can spend money on starts to feel guilt-inducing. Instead of cutting every luxury, focus on a few that you really love.

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As personal finance blog I Will Teach You to Be Rich points out, not all luxury purchases are created equal. What may be a frivolous waste of cash for one person can be a lifetime investment that makes life better for someone else. By focusing your spending on the little luxuries that make you the happiest, you can get the greatest value from your money:

If you can afford it, and you want it, there's nothing wrong with treating yourself from time to time. That's one of the reasons why I've always said you should cut costs mercilessly on the things you don't care about and — this is almost MORE important — spend extravagantly on the things you love.

The trick here isn't to spend more, but rather to maximise how much the things you buy are worth to you. Which would you rather have? 50 $4 coffees, or a $200 pair of shoes that will last for a long time. Would you rather have the nicer car with a higher monthly payment, or a slightly crappier car and take a nice vacation? The answer will be different for everyone, which is why the dollar value of an item isn't necessarily reflective of the personal value of that item.

Inside the secret world of luxury [I Will Teach You to Be Rich via Rockstar Finance]


    how about a $120 pair of shoes and 10 coffees?
    you get to have shoes and coffee, and save some money $40!

    Last edited 21/09/15 4:11 pm

    Or, in other words: Spend like an addict would on drugs... except don't spend it on drugs.

      For better or worse thats exactly what do.

      My current pursuit is board games, and currently I spend "half a pack of cigarettes" a day on the hobby.

        Well done lutomes. I think your board game pursuit is certainly for the better.

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