Here’s the thing… we all spend money differently. Period. Plain and simple.
I have friends who can’t live without getting their nails done on a regular basis. I know those that eat out ALL the time. There are others that choose to spend a small fortunate at the grocery store and Sam’s and find entertainment in that. No judgment here- to each his own. (that is one of my all time FAV quotes)
We spend OUR money differently. And that is A-OK. Differences make the world go ’round.
WE choose to spend our money in our own ways. Ways that make US happy and make sense to us.
- we like cars. Not fancy cars per se, but nice cars.
- We LOVE to travel. I would not eat out for a year to save up for a trip if I had to.
On the flip side, we save money in our own ways. We don’t have HBO or Showtime or any fancy extra add-on networks. We don’t have a home phone. We don’t buy expensive clothes. We don’t eat out that often. Those are OUR things. But that doesn’t mean someone else is doing it right?
We have 3 trips planned for this summer and I couldn’t be more excited:
- Washington, D.C. as a family (and we are meeting family there as well)
- Puerto Vallarta for me and the hubs
- Dallas, Tx for the Dixie Chicks concert (can I get a woot woot???)
These trips required several things. Budgeting to make sure we could afford them, using hotel points (my husband travels CONSTANTLY so 9 out of 10 times when we are in a hotel, it’s free), and spending time on Pinterest, groupon and other blog sites to find out the cheapest and best ways to go about these vacations.
It’s so easy to look at someone and think “man they are spending their money all wrong.” I’m guilty of that! I often hear people talk (or they come to me directly) and gripe about finances as they ramble on and on about how much they spend at the mall this weekend. I have learned to let it go. I can’t fix everyone and guess what– they don’t need fixing!! It’s their money to do with what they wish. I learned to let it go when someone once made a tacky comment about how much we travel. Yep-you dang straight! We LOVE to travel and that is what we CHOOSE to spend OUR money on.
Final point… don’t judge others for how they spend their money!! You may spend your money on having a ski boat and a jet ski. They may spend their money on clothes and handbags, and others just wanna save all their money. Don’t judge. Just keep your finances in order with what works for YOU and let everyone else just do their thang!