Life is for Living. Learning how to spend money.

in life •  2 years ago

As a Dutchman, I am born with the natural habit or need to save money. But now that I’m older this habit is preventing me from buying things that I enjoy.

Saving is not a bad thing

I don’t consider saving money a bad thing because I think it is smart to have a buffer for when things go wrong. It gives me peace of mind to have this buffer and that is something my mind benefits from every day. There were times when I had to dip into my buffer and my mind and body were restless until order in the piggy bank was restored.

piggy

It’s probably ingrained in my Dutch DNA to save. I have accepted this. And of course, the best way to save money is to not spend it. And that’s what I tend to do most of the times. Also, I feel that if I don't 100% need something I shouldn't buy it. This feeling is very strong to the point of feeling guilty towards myself when I do.

I don't mind spending money investing in my business or investing in cryptocurrencies like STEEM. I'm talking about things you buy just for yourself.

A new point of view

When I go to markets in other countries they always know one Dutch line: ‘kijken kijken niet kopen!’. It roughly translates to ‘Look look but never buy’. This sounds like me.

I am spending a lot of time lately with a colleague of mine. We are doing some cool projects together and he holds a complete different view about spending money. He has one phrase he keeps repeating and it is:

“Life is for living!”

He says this to me all the time. He told me, ‘Mark, if I want to buy something and I can afford it and it won’t prevent me from buying the essential things I need in life, I just buy it, life is for living.’

Not long ago, about 3 months, he bought something I have been dreaming of for a long time. It’s called a Green Egg and its basically a very expensive ultra-cool BBQ. I love grilling and this Green Egg is amazing.

greenegg

The problem is that this thing is expensive. Very expensive. It’s over 1000 euro. I have done my research and found some cheaper versions of the same BBQ from China. But it’s not the same. I know it in my heart.

So today I was talking to my colleague again and we were talking about the Green Egg and he said:

While you been dreaming about buying the thing for years I bought it. I have been grilling and enjoying the Egg for 3 months already while you are still thinking about buying one. When do you think is the right time to buy such a thing?

Do you want to wait till you are 40 or 50? Maybe by that time you can’t even smell anymore! Who knows! If you had bought one 3 years ago, you could have enjoyed 3 years of grilling already!’

I find it very irritating when you know somebody is right.

A small victory

In general I don’t think there is real happiness to be found in owning anything. There are much more important things in life than owning stuff. But good luck listening to music without a radio or cooking without tools. Stuff can be handy.

It’s too bloody cold outside now so that prevented me from ordering an Egg. Or maybe I just found another excuse. But I did have another small victory today.

I love to listen to music in the kitchen when I’m cooking. What I have been doing for a long time is putting my phone with Spotify playing in a metal bowl so it gives a semi decent rich sound (Writing this makes it sounds even more sad).

I don’t know why I never bought anything decent for the kitchen because I spent a lot of time there. And this is for music! One of the most important things on the planet.

sonos

So today I thought, F*ck it and ordered a SONOS wireless speaker online. JUST FOR ME! And nobody else. The sad look on the pink pig I’ll just have to ignore for a while.

I can’t wait for it to arrive now that I finally took the plunge. I’ll be dancing while cooking in the kitchen all winter!

My colleague is right.

Life is for Living.


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looks like I have something to learn here!

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Haha! I'm still learning aswell.

You sound so much like myself . Let us know how well the SONOS works

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I am glad to hear that I am not the only one that has this. I'll let you know about the SONOS.

Amen! Life is for living. I'm inflicted with the saving gene as well, it's a struggle. It's less difficult for me to by something of quality because, in the long run, it's usually less expensive than buying the same thing of lesser quality 2-3 times after it breaks. At least this is what I tell myself to make it easier.

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Yes! That's what I told myself as well. I think SONOS is good quality and I will enjoy it for many years. Still, it was a small struggle to order it. Damn you saving gene! It is really good to hear more people struggle with this. I do understand better now why you like the Netherlands so much...you fit right in :).

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Thanks a lot! That's cool to hear.

Great post, buddy and I couldn't agree more with what your thoughts about saving! I hope you have loads of fun with your new SONOS speaker, should sound awesome! :)

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Thank man! It's going to be great!