As I wrote about prioritizing yesterday on my wedding blog, I couldn't help but let my brain drift back towards my current obsession: houses.
Waaay before "wedding brain" (or Nate) even came into the equation, my brain was fixated on houses. I've even acknowledged it several times over the past few months saying, "I'm so glad that I started down the house path before I walked down the aisle." Now, as I plan our wedding, I can't help but imagine how each penny could go towards improvements in my own home or a down payment on the future "forever" home. If there's anything that will help a person pinch pennies on a purchase, it's having their mind stuck on wanting something else... and boy, do I ever have "house brain!"
So, there I was last night all proud of myself for putting my priorities in the right places and having the sense to put tens of thousands into a mortgage over funneling it into a wedding when I realized that there are other things in life that could possibly be worth prioritizing over a house and a wedding. For instance, I do know a couple of people my age with "retirement brain." They're the types who scrimp, save, and work like crazy now so that they can retire as early as possible. I'm on track to retire comfortably at an average age, but will I wish later on that I had invested more of that wedding or house budget to live the easy life ten years earlier? I don't have it yet (I promise, Nate!), but what about those "baby brainers?" I'm sure I could have finished out a couple years worth of a college savings account by now if that's where I wanted to be.
Where are your $$$ priorities right now- do you have wedding, house, baby, retirement, education, or vacation brain?
Have you ever overly prioritized a life event and then missed the money spent later on?