Canabiz had a great idea for a topic, for you frugal people out there which aspects of your life do you refuse to be frugal with?
As you all know, I'm a fairly frugal person, but there are definitely aspects of my life that I refuse to skimp on. I think really it comes back again to the topic of Needs and Wants and my personal take on what I think are needs. Here are some examples:
- We're fairly frugal when buying food, but we won't hesitate to buy more expensive healthier choice foods. For example, whole wheat/multi-grain bread and pasta are more expensive than their white flour counter parts. But we always go brown. Fresh fruit and veggies can be expensive but we load up on them every week. I guess this really depends on the person, but to us, our health is our top priority. Without good health, money doesn't mean a thing.
- Keeping with the health topic, My wife and I both have gym memberships that we use often but they don't come cheap (although we did get a discount). We keep these memberships because we place a high value on exercise. Yes, you can exercise outside, but not easily around here in the winter times. I think that eventually I will look into building a quality home gym.
- When we have kids, I have a feeling that I may splurge a little and take them on vacations to Disney world etc. If your parents took you to Disney when you were younger, have you forgotten about it? I know I haven't. To me, isn't that another benefit of having money, to make the ones that you love happy?
- I'm willing to spend a bit of extra money to create a safe and comfortable environment for my family. When we purchase a new house in the future, what's best for the family will be the top priority.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, I'm super frugal with myself. Heck, I still wear a pair of jeans that I bought back in 1999, but that topic is for another post.
So, the question still remains, for you super savers out there, which aspects of your life do you refuse to be frugal with?