You've got to give me a little credit-- before I even started on my spiel my big five lifestyle choices that save a ton of cash each month I did say:
AKA "Top Five Reasons Why You'd Probably Hate My Life"
I know my choices not to eat meat, drink alcohol, have a smart phone, take a lot of vacations, or spontaneously spend money are different, but I'm actually quite happy with them. A few of you were quite concerned about my boring life... that's probably my fault for not painting the big picture. Maybe I should have been a bit more clear in my title:
"The Lifestyle Choices I Love That Happen to Save a Ton of Cash"
"Lucky Me, I Don't Feel the Need to Make the Following Expensive Choices"
You might be bored by the lifestyle that I live, but I must say that I'm loving life. Let's take last night for example:
Yes, we might have a very strict routine of Thursday run/ pizza/ frozen yogurt/ TV (Office/ Parks and Rec/ 30 Rock) night, but I love and look forward to it all week! As you can see above, I don't totally cheapen out on everything- I love my DVR that lets me watch and fast forward shows, that $7 yogurt (yep, we spend $40+ on it each month) is always worth every penny to me. Oh, and that amazing everydaysuede couch from Pottery Barn outlet (normally $2,500 but I got it for $1,400) is one of my favorite all time splurges! I actually asked for my 21st birthday money to go towards a couch (I saved up for the difference) instead of a big party. What can I say, I've just never been that into drinking.
My weird spending habits started well before my 21st birthday. In fact, I remember being a penny-pincher as a kid. I would ask to no end for a TV in my bedroom and each time my parents would say that I could have one if I paid for it out of my own pocket. Having a TV was important to me, but never important enough to take the money out of the bank. So, in the end, I settled for using the TV in the living room... and had a hefty amount of cash ready to use for a car once I turned 16 :).
I might have different priorities, but it doesn't mean I'm missing out on anything! You might think the amount of money I spend on running shoes is a little crazy-- $100/ pair every three months.
PS I don't write this blog in order to get anyone out there to live like I live. If I come across an interesting idea, I like to get it out there... but mostly, I just love connecting with a community interested in some of the same things that I'm interested in. Oh, and getting home decorating advice for free in the comments is the best!
When I do ask questions, I'm genuinely interested in reading your answers so keep the comments (negative or not) coming!