A 2-Ply Ass…in a 1-Ply World
Heated car seats…Self-parking cars…A Boat...Satellite TV…Xbox…Xbox LIVE…Netflix…Home PC…Home PC and a laptop…iPad…Lawn sprinklers…Riding Lawn Mower...Lawn care service…A Pool…Garage door opener…Treadmill…Health club membership…Country Club Memberships...Ten pairs of shoes (just for Monday’s)…Thermostat set on 60 (when its 99+ outside)…72” wide-screen TV…a TV in every room…Blu-ray discs…$5 Starbucks coffee…Fine Dining…Designer clothes…Pedicure…Manicure…Botox…etc...etc.
We all have them…to varying degrees…and usually they come with a cost. Sometimes that expense can be very small or not monetarily based at all, but other times the price tag can be staggering and turn into a significant financial drain. The pleasures we draw from these indulgences are personal, and subjective, to the point where one person’s convenience can be another’s necessity. How many of you considered an item on my list above a necessity?
Like every married couple on the planet, the wife and I get into a spirited debate from time to time regarding our monthly budget. NO, this is not a post where I act like a baby-whinebag and complain about how she regulates our expenses. This is more about me, and my own world- view.
You see, I used to play that game all the time where you ask yourself “Do I really need this?” In fact, there was a period when our family cut out almost everything we considered frivolous or a luxury. Know what I discovered? Yes, we saved money, but life SUCKED!
Why are we so hesitant to admit that we like to be pampered? I myself love conveniences. I have my own level of embellishing pleasures that to do without...life would be grey, mundane, hard. And we shouldn't beat ourselves up whenever the subject of cost is raised because this is not your typical ROI (return on investment) formula. As funny as it sounds, I shop in stores that stock their bathrooms with actual toilet paper and not the stuff that could substitute for low-grade sandpaper. Why? Because I know the management there understands that I'm more than part of an economical equation. How do you put a price tag on morale?
What’s the point of socking away pennies for a tenuous retirement if all of those years leading up to it are spent denying yourself?
So put an extra shot in that latte today, download that app you've been thinking about, or treat yourself to a dinner out tonight. Make that smile just a little bit brighter. You deserve it! :)