As a member of the financial blogging community, I respect the financial advice freely offered by many bloggers and financial experts. Where I struggle with some financial articles, maybe some I have written in the past(?), is reading about saving money through lattes and other things you that you thoroughly enjoy today that make life, well, enjoyable.
Here are some quick personal examples where we could save more money if we wanted to:
- Not buying K-cups for our Keurig. A few bucks per month (over regular coffee purchases).
- Not watching any live sports using my existing Rogers services. $40 per month savings.
- Not travelling a few times per year. At least $4,000 per year.
I/we choose to do these things because I/we have accepted the costs associated with them and I/we are not willing to overturn those decisions. I enjoy my sports and we enjoy our HBO TV shows. We enjoy having our hot coffee ready in 40 seconds. We enjoy seeing new places and sharing new experiences, even if I catch an annoying cold during my vacation (sorry dear friends in Puerto Rico, I couldn’t help it).
Saving is critical to our financial future and we won’t reach this goal without saving diligently. Saving is likely crucial to your financial future as well. I guess the point of this post is: do the things you love to do and find ways to save money in the process. Life will probably be more enjoyable this way.
How do you strike the balance between frugality and fun? Maybe for good ideas, you simply read Kerry Taylor’s blog?