I’m in love! His first name is “Remote,” last name “Start.” We have a dependable two-way communication that never fails. When the Wisconsin weather is gloomy and cold, he is nothing short of reliable. And quite chivalrous, too! Despite not having a garage, my car is always heated up in the bitter, snowy, and cold Wisconsin winters.
We all know I cancelled cable, internet, and curbed any sort of “extra” spending this year (though I plan to make an exception when it comes to traveling for my marathons). Despite all of this budgeting, I’m quite convinced remote start is one luxury item I could not live without. The other? My Keurig coffee maker.
I may not have a dishwasher, the ability to surf the web at home, a covered spot for my vehicle, or an easy way to catch up on Grey’s Anatomy but my God this woman is gonna have damn good coffee and a warm car!
Yesterday I attended a tourism exchange and had the pleasure of listening to a great presenter. She discussed current studies reflect we are spending less overall, but spending more on specific items. We are choosing carefully, and gladly paying up for those choices.
It got me thinking. What are the things I “can’t live without” and how do I arrive at the conclusion I need something vs. I want something. How do I decide what to sacrifice in order to save money, and what factors influence those decisions?
As I become more involved in my career, and spend more hours in the office, I notice many of my luxury items revolve around saving time. I’m willing to pay more for things that make my life easier. In return, I’m able to spend an extra few minutes finishing up emails, or sending out contracts. It’s the checking-book equivalent of the circle of life. Money in from the job, money out on things to cater to a career-minded lifestyle.
Which makes me curious. What luxury items can’t you live without?