I’ve written a few posts on some of the things on which I spend money – great food, books, art. So where does that money come from? What am I NOT spending money on?
– TV (watched Obama’s inauguration, my pal lived with me during the Super Bowl & she turned that on, turned on last 15 minutes of Black Hawks Stanley Cup win).
– Movies. This is an area I feel I ***should*** spend more money on, to be not such a cultural loser (!) but in truth I go to one movie every year or two whether I need it or not. No Netflix, etc. either
– Cars. Yes, I have one. And the one I have now, Molly Moonroof, is the fanciest car I have ever owned. Got her used in May – a 2006 Subaru Forester with 40,000 miles. My first used car. I buy cars with cash, and then drive them for 10 years or 200,000 miles, whichever comes first. Molly was $15,000 and that was with the fancy stereo I added.
– A Too Big House. My house, built in 1948 and cobbled on to since then, is about 1600 sf not including the partially finished basement. 3 little bedrooms. 2 little bathrooms. Family room, kitchen, wee living room, 2 car garage, 1/4 acre suburban lot.
– Clothes. Another area I’m SURE I underspend in and need to do a better job with (if only I cared more, sigh). I DO buy really expensive shoes but not many of them.
– Anything meant to impress anyone other than me. I like to buy things that have high cultural/aesthetic value to me (mostly original art) but not to impress anyone but me. In fact my pal who thought I was insane to buy the cranes also had a strong opinion about the folk art ‘angel’ (table legs, license plates, Scrabble tiles are involved) in my living room. I love it! But she thought I was truly deranged for spending $200 on it. Not me! It makes me happy every time I see it.
– Much stuff. I’m not one to buy a lot of knick-knacks or seasonal decorations or any of the things I think people who watch TV see on TV and think they need (though, because of that, I miss out on innovations that really can be useful – but luckily people tell me about things like Swiffers or Oxiclean or whatever!). One of my mantras is that we don’t own stuff, it owns us – so I’m a ‘less is more’ person!
These are just my peccadilloes – and not worthy of mention, but it occurred to me that in my discussion of food, then buying my $50 cranes it sounded like all-spending, all-the-time, which is so not the point (and so not me).
I think the point of it all for me is “does my spending align with my values?” — if the answer is yes for me, then I feel I am being conscious about the tool of money. that my life is congruent. And that seems good.
What about you? What do your money and buying choices say about YOU? And do you have areas, as I do, where you UNDERSPEND and it’s probably not a good thing? I really want to know!