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Thinking things through

May 17th, 2015 at 07:44 pm

Last week we ate out with another couple to celebrate birthdays. It was a reasonably priced meal and planned in our budget.

The conversation was about what this couple was planning on doing. They've always been spenders, not savers. But they laid out their plans...a fancy vacation and taking the whole family. This is in addition to going south for the winter, and all the other things they are constantly doing, not to mention all the things they are buying.

After we parted, I asked DH if we were too careful. This summer we are planning a short vacation in addition to celebrating our 25th anniversary. After hearing all the things this other couple were doing, it made me feel like a stick in the mud.

Yesterday we went to the library and checked out some magazines and books. We went to the grocery store and bought things on our list for our planned menus. DH bought bell pepper plants to put in his garden. We came home and he worked in his small garden. I picked radishes, green onions, and lettuce and made a small salad as I prepared things for two meals: roast pork loin for supper and Italian wedding soup for Sunday's supper. Hubby mowed and I did laundry. Last night after cleaning up and showering, we watched some television and read some magazines, and went to bed satisfied we had a nice day.

Thinking back on Friday's conversation and my original thoughts, no, we aren't boring. I think we are more satisfied. Upon reflection, these people are always telling us all the cool things they are doing and how their family is superior and their other friends are better and so on and so forth. DH and I are happy with each other. Unlike this couple, we feel financially secure. We know that this couple will have to finance this vacation.

Knowing that things don't bring happiness, sort of helps me put things in perspective. I don't have to one up these folks on things to be happy. I don't have to finance my vacation because we save and plan for ours. And, finding enjoyment in the simple things I think is important because then we don't have to continue searching for bigger and better things to make life more exciting.

Thanks for letting me sort this out.

6 Responses to “Thinking things through”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    I certainly agree!

  2. Dido Says:

    Being happy with what you have, rather than grasping for more = more satisfaction now and more financial security in the future!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    It is possible to be doing these things and be happy. Particularly if they are paid in cash, rather than financed. And within the budget after meeting your other goals.

  4. NJDebbie Says:

    I find myself asking myself the same thing sometimes, but then I come to the realization that we can sleep at night knowing that we don't owe anyone or a bank a dime and that makes me super happy. Cheers to real financial freedom!

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    I agree. I'm a spender at heart, but I came to realize that I can no longer enjoy meals out or new clothes or vacations that are purchased with debt. These things will always be luxuries to us, only possible when we have the money for them.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I think I'd enjoy doing some of the things you mentioned ... but only if it didn't interfere with my financial goals or create debt. So since I have lots of financial goals and not lots of money to spread at them ... I content myself with mostly being a homebody.

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