I always talk on here about watching your spending, staying out of debt, to stop spending on useless “stuff” that doesn’t bring real benefit to your life, etc.. But that doesn’t mean you should be a cheap bastard with your money, either. Being frugal is one thing, but not spending a dime, including not on great life experiences or time with friends, means you are missing out on your sole purpose of being on this earth – living. I am all for saving and watching what I spend, but as an example, I spent quite a bit of money this weekend visiting friends, going to a Colorado Rockies game, going out to nice dinners, and doing a few things I don’t get a chance to do living in a small town…and I enjoyed every single minute of it, even if it cost me a pretty penny. Sometimes, it’s totally worth the money spent.
- If I were truly a cheap bastard, I would figure a way out of paying my share (or the entire bill) when eating out with friends.
- If I were truly a cheap bastard, I wouldn’t have spent the money to buy my psuedo niece and nephew some ice cream when I was taking care of them.
- If I were truly a cheap bastard, I wouldn’t have spent the money on tickets, parking, $6 beer, and all the crappy food we could eat at the baseball game.
- If I were truly a cheap bastard, I wouldn’t have taken my buddy out for a few beers to discuss some important stuff. That’s what friends are for.
- And if I were truly a cheap bastard, I would have snuck my own bird feed into a “Birds of Prey” exhibit instead of giving the kids some money to buy the appropriate feed, which benefits habitat restoration for the birds.
Might I have to tighten my belt for the next couple of weeks to make it up? Maybe. But the lesson here, of this post, is that money can be replaced – life cannot. Don’t be a cheap bastard when it comes to the important stuff in life.
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