One of the things I realised is I need to change the way I think about my money.
I was originally going to complain about how there’s always something. Something that needs to be paid, taking a chunk out of my budget. My dryer broke down and I had to get a new one. My dishwasher started flooding and had to get it fixed. Even an expected expense such as car registration (around $1000, all in) came with the additional cost of repairing my car window, which had become stuck.
If I complained about how there are always bills to pay, I wouldn’t be wrong. There are always bills to pay, a never-ending cycle, one after the other.
But then someone told me that I was thinking about money all wrong. Yes, bills still have to be paid… but I should be grateful that I actually have money to help sustain my lifestyle. Instead of complaining about money leaving my bank account, I should think about how it enables me to live my life the way I want to.
I’m not saying I’m going to start buying whatever I want — I still need to keep within my budget! But instead of feeling annoyed every time I have to pay for something, I’m going to focus on what I’m getting out of the purchase, instead.
For example, I calculated that I spend around $75 per week on exercise alone — that covers my Krav Maga and dance classes. I used to balk at how much gyms cost (maybe around $20-30 a week?) but here I am, spending much more than that. But there’s no way I’m going to give up what I do and go to a gym — I love what I do, and while I know a lot of gyms have group classes, I’m after the training that only a dedicated self-defence or dance school can do.
I enjoy spending time with my friends, so I’ll always be up for a meal somewhere as long as it’s accompanied by good company and conversation. 🙂 But I still bring my food into work everyday, as much as I can.
I’m probably still a little bit more anal about my money than the average person — yes, I do log in my purchases just so I can keep an eye on my spending — but I’m learning to enjoy it a bit more, and drive into my head that the point of life is not to end up with a big fat bank account. 😛