I am going to break from my usual lessons that I have learned along the way to discuss the exact opposite of myself – the people who track every single last penny that leaves their wallet. I do believe that there is such a thing as taking budgeting so far that you stop enjoying life altogether. I have written before that I am not a miser in the sense that I do spend money, even though sometimes it may not seem like it. And even though I do carefully watch where our money goes, I do not drive myself bananas over it – I believe that money is only temporary and as long as I am living comfortably, I have enough to spend some of it once in a while.
I could not imagine anything more miserable than not being able to have a cup of coffee out with my wife one Saturday afternoon because it was not in our budget. In the grand scheme of things, what is a few bucks in exchange for an hour or so of sitting outside chatting and enjoying the sunshine? Not much really…I would rather spend the few bucks than sit in my house staring at the wall because we don’t have a few bucks in the budget for going to have coffee once in a while.
Buying flat screen TV’s to replace perfectly good “regular” TV’s, buying a BMW when a Honda would do just fine, or buying a new purse or pair of shoes every week is a budget buster in our eyes, and there are better ways to measure your life other than money. Not worrying about a few bucks here and there is priceless to our lives and our relationship. We only live once and not for very long – what’s a few bucks between friends?