Over the years I’ve spend on ton of cash on things that didn’t provide value. I can’t offer that list today because that’s an entirely new set of blogposts which I’m sure I’ll cover at some point 🙂 As I become more financially aware about what I spend my money on I find I’m wasting less money; which is a great thing. Value for money is an important principle to me. In the name of value, some things in life are definitely worth splurging on; I get value for money from different sources. For today’s post I’ll share some specific things I enjoy spending my money on and have little regrets in doing so.
For special occasions, this is a no-brainer for me. I’m no foodie or wine connoisseur but I enjoy a great meal paired with some tasty grapes now and again to celebrate something. Dining out every week is definitely not my thing. I can’t afford it first of all and secondly I’m too money conscious (cheap) for that. Because I don’t dine out all the time I have no problem spending my cash on a nice meal at a good restaurant every few months since I consider this evening out as an experience or a reward.
In my former life, I might have been a gypsy. I love to travel and try to do so for pleasure as much as I can afford it. Seeing new places and meeting new people is a rewarding experience for me and I suspect it always will be. Over the last decade, I’ve been very fortunate to travel to countries like Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Argentina, Costa Rica and many U.S. states on vacations. I don’t regret spending that money on those experiences for a second. Travel has enriched my life and given me tons of perspective I would never have otherwise gained. I can only hope as I age and become financially free I maintain my good health to visit many more lands I have yet to experience.
Buying a nice TV
I don’t watch an abundance of movies but I love sports. I can’t imagine not owning a decent cable package, with a decent TV at home that does not include The Golf Channel or access to NHL hockey for 8 months of the year. Forking over good money for nice big screen TV is well worth the cost in my opinion. Although watching the game(s) live is great, and I pay money for that as well, I do it infrequently because of the costs involved: the time to get to the game, the parking, the food and drink at the concessions not to mention the ticket prices themselves. For example, watching an NHL game in Ottawa, with all that factored in can easily cost about $100 per game in the cheap seats. If you want to sit closer to the action, the cost might be double or triple that amount, especially so during Round # 1 of the NHL playoffs right now. Live sport is awesome but I can still be a fan of my Ottawa Senators at home most nights, certainly when there are more pressing financial priorities this spring and summer around our house. There is only so much money to go around…
There isn’t a day that goes by that I regret getting my big screen TV and on the topic of my Ottawa Senators, I can’t wait for tonight’s game between my hometown team and the Montreal Canadiens. #GoSens!
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