My Costly C's

>> 7.17.2009

You can't take an informative post seriously without alliteration, right?
Like many of you, when I spend my money, I want to make the most of every penny! Therefore, I've made a simple system that helps me with my unusual spending decisions: I ask myself, "Is this in a C category... Is it worth spending a little extra?"
What are the "C's" that I'm talking about? Well, here's the lowdown:

Community- Is this money going back into my community? As you saw yesterday, my community gives me a lot and I want to give back to it. I try as hard as I can to support local business and farmers. This website helps me find great local businesses and having centrally located farmer's markets make it easy to buy "C" food.

yum... locally sourced groceries
Charity- Will this money help less fortunate? If the money goes to charity, it is worth spending a little more than I usually would for a fun event! Some great ways that I've found to combine my interests with charity have been in attending film screenings, hanging out with friends at benefit concerts, and participating in charity sporting events.
a charity bike ride I participated in this spring:

Finally, Courtesy- Will spending this money prevent conflict? Sometimes it's important to put others first! Whether it's splitting the check at a dinner or buying a gift for a wedding, I try to think what the most considerate and polite action I can take is. If this thinking makes me spend a little more, I have to accept it and move on. Money is not worth harming relationships!

What do you think about my C's? Do you have any special spending guidelines for unusual purchases?


stacy di July 17, 2009 at 12:33 PM  

love your 3 c's!

and what a great blog you have! I'm bookmarking it :)

Nicole July 17, 2009 at 2:22 PM  

Thanks for commenting on my blog so I could find yours. Fantastic! You are now in my reader.

I like this three Cs approach. It summarizes my feelings exactly. I may be a personal finance blogger but I would rather help a small business out than save $0.20 on toilet paper at Walmart.

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