December 28, 2021
There’s endless advice about how not to spend money. And it’s often delivered with an undertone of shame.
“You’re spending WHAT on your one bedroom apartment? Why don’t you find roommates?”
“I’ll bet those lattes add up! That money could be going towards your retirement.”
“You still buy food? Dumpster diving is so much more thrifty!”
You get the picture.
But make no mistake—pruning back your budget is great IF overspending is stopping you from reaching your goals.
But what if you’re financially on target? What if your debt is gone, your family’s protected, your retirement accounts are compounding, your emergency fund is stocked, and you still have money to spare?
Good news—you don’t have to live like a broke college student. That’s not you anymore. Instead, you can spend money on the things you really care about, like…
• People you love
• Causes that inspire you
• Local businesses
• House cleaning services
• Building your dream house
• New skills and hobbies
This isn’t a call to wildly spend on everything that catches your momentary fancy. That might be symptomatic of underlying wounds that you’re trying to heal with money. It won’t work.
Instead, it’s a call to identify a few things that you’re truly passionate about. Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to Be Rich fame calls these Money Dials.¹ They’re things like convenience, travel, and self-improvement that excite you.
Just imagine you have limitless money. What would be the first thing you spend it on? That’s your money dial.
And, so long as you’re financially stable, there’s no shame in spending money on those things. This is why you’ve worked so hard and saved so much—to provide yourself and your loved ones with a better quality of life. Give yourself permission to enjoy that!
So what are you waiting for? Start planning that backpacking adventure through Scandinavia, or drafting blueprints for your dream house, or decking out the spare room as a recording studio. You’ve earned it!
Not positioned to spend on your passions yet? That’s okay! For now, let your goals inspire you to take the first steps towards creating financial independence and the lifestyle that can follow.
¹ “Money Dials: The Reason You Spend the Way You Do According to Ramit Sethi,” Ramit Sethi, I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Oct 22, 2021 https://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/money-dials/