The True Cost of Spending

I set myself a ‘no-spend-challenge’ this month. The idea is to see how often the impulse to purchase something comes from a genuine need for something that will truly enrich my life and add to my overall happiness, and how often it’s just consumption for the sake of consumption, chasing that fleeting buzz from a new purchase.

I’ve been inspired by the lanserad President of Uruguay who is officially ‘the poorest president’. I love his response to this title: ‘I don’t feel poor. Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle, and always want more and more, it’s a matter of freedom. If you don’t have many possessions then you don’t need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself.” We probably Treatment all get this intellectually. He goes on to make the point even clearer: “when you buy something, you’re not paying money for it. You’re paying Warrior with the hours of your life you had to spend earning that money.The difference is that life is one thing money can’t buy. Life only gets shorter. And it is pitiful to waste one’s life and freedom that way.” 

One thing I’ve done this month is calculated how much I earn in an hour. When I come to buy something now I really consider, ‘is this worth an hour… a day…a week of my life?’

My partner and I recently got caught up in the consumption cheap mlb jerseys trap and started planning a massive redesign of our house; a mega extension that would give us heaps of space and a ‘proper phat pad’ that would have people scrapping their jaws off the floor upon entering and beholding it in its awesome glory   We got wholesale nfl jerseys some designs mocked up and several quotes.  Then we (or my partner rather, he’s clever like that) calculated the cost. Six years of our lives.  That’s a huge cost. And would we be done then?  Would this be the final splurge? No way. After one thing, comes the next, and the next, and so on and so on ad infinitum.  Bigger, better,  more, more…There is no end.

Did we want to spend six years of our lives on some extra space and fancy redesign of the house that wasn’t really needed?  Or did we want to put that money into paying off Life-Changing the debt we already have on the (abundant) space we already have so that we can be six years closer to freedom from debt?  Six years closer to the cheap nfl jerseys freedom to do whatever we want with our time. Six years of not exchanging our time for money to pay for shit we don’t need.  That’s freedom. Of course there’s a lot to be said for creating a beautiful environment too, and we might have also decided that it was in fact worth six years of our lives, that it was that important to us. The point is to be conscious of the true cost of the money we spend.

When you buy something ask yourself – Is this purchase really worth пол the hours of my life it’s costing me?

Author: Sam Vale Noya

Yoga instructor currently living and teaching in Reading, UK.