The Most Satisfying Things You Can Spend Money On
When you pay for something do you do it with a heavy heart or with a smile on your face? It probably depends what you are buying, I guess.
We all have certain things which we enjoy spending money on and other things which are a pain. Do you find the same things to be satisfying that I do?
For me there is absolutely no problem in spending a lot of cash on taking a trip. Good financial sense kind of flies out of the window when I plan some travelling, although I am trying to control this aspect of my finances a bit more. I don’t mean that I like to stay in 5 star hotels and eat out in luxury restaurants. Instead, I like to prolong my trips more than I had originally planned. Once I hit the road I just don’t want to go home again and end up looking to go further and stay away for longer. My wife is the same so sometimes we can end up spending double or triple what we had intended to do. Having said that, we have never got home complaining about how much we took out of the bank account while away.
Strangely, I used to hate spending money on my house but now I get a lot of satisfaction from it. I have spent the last few minutes trying to work out why this is. I reckon that this is because I have only recently moved into a house which I can see myself staying in for a long time. My previous homes have been places I bought as a financial investment and which I never really got emotionally attached to. This has now changed and I have now got to the stage in which I even get pleasure out of buying a tin of paint or a new carpet for it. In the past I would have complained bitterly about every nail or screw I had to buy for my property.
It might sound corny but for me there is nothing as satisfying as spending money on your loved ones. I constantly have to be careful not to spoil my daughter by buying here too many things. I know that giving too many material things to children isn’t a good idea but I can’t deny that I enjoy it. It is a great feeling to see her playing with a new toy or trying out a new piece of clothing for the first time. After all, if you can’t spend your money on your family what can you spend it on?
I never used to eat out all that much but lately I got a real taste for it. I grew up in the UK, where eating meals out in restaurants is an expensive business. This meant that I only ever ate out maybe a few times a year, other than in cheap places like fast food restaurants. However, I then moved to South America and discovered that eating out was really cheap here. Bizarrely, the international fast food chains are among the most expensive options in this part of the world. Eating out in a local restaurant is great value, on the other hand. For example, we went out for a meal today and it cost about $20 for a group of 5 of us to eat and drink well. Eating out too often can be extremely bad news for your monthly budget but if you can afford the occasional treat then it can be a hugely satisfying way to spend cash.
What else do you enjoy spending money on?