I am staying on this topic since i believe it is so important.
I believe that the difference between feeling deprived /punished -and feeling that your actions were the product of a decision you made after carefully assessing the pros and cons of the issue, cannot be underestimated.
I believe it goes to the core of your self perception.
I believe each and every one of us has the right -and the obligation to make decisions about what their life is going to look like.
This constant decision-making is both a privilege and a huge responsibility -not to be taken lightly.
I also believe that being frugal is a means to an end- not a goal per se. this means that a person should decide what his/her goals are for the long-term, and then decide how they are going to achieve those goals and that way he /she can determine short-term goals.
be it reaching early retirement, buying a house, helping your children buy a house, saving for college education, living a debt free life -or any other goal you set as a long-term goal- you need to have an action plan to achieve it.
I will share my thoughts on living frugally -and saving most of your salary- in another post. now i want to talk about not forgetting that we are all humane and fallible and need a break from time to time- otherwise chances are that after a while- the feeling of deprivation will prevent us from continuing, and when quitting-there comes that notion of being a failure -then shame and the rest of those negative feelings.
#and i remind you these are my own thoughts- i am not a specialist on these subjects. disclaimer
so? I believe that careful and smart budgeting always makes room for some indulgence here and there.
I can share that for about 4 years i have been enjoying the cleaning power of an IRobot, that did cost me $$$ -but has since then served me well -and saved me precious time preparing the house for cleaning twice a week. (if you do the math- 52*2*4=416 times of use- and still going).
I am not sponsored by anyone -i bought my IRobot a long time ago and had to pay full price and every time i set it to clean the house and leave for work- i bless it’s inventors.
I know it cost quite a lot of money, but many times cleaning the house (twice a week) after a full day at the office, is too big a task on a person.
that’s all for now- the cooliflower.