I hemmed and hawed about posting this one. I have kept this list for years just to lament over some of the serious money I have spent over the years. Plenty of these entries can be justified as a good allocation of resources. Heck, splurging for Lasik surgery was the best $2,700 I ever spent.
Gotta do what it takes to get a good job right? Gotta live somewhere and drive to work right? Need to raise a family and try to provide for the kids. Gotta have some fun!
How you blow your money is as important as how you save your money.
I think I really keep this list to keep pace of my ever changing life. Call it a little perspective. As I keep journaling about my Financial Life, I have come to the realization this is also my Actual Life.
This is not just a story about numbers. There are feeling and lives attached here, it is really MY story highlighted by little relatable bits of material fact because that is how we FIRE types like to digest our soap operas.
Anyway here is some moments and milestones in my life in that language we all speak.
Don’t forget $10,000 worth of cigarettes from ages 17-27.
Or $10,000/year eating out at restaurants as a family of 4.
Maybe this is where personal growth comes from? You sit back looking at the face in the mirror and think, is this me? Did I change this much, come this far from the Shire?
Guess you can never really go home.
I can still remember actually looking through couch cushions to rustle up $3.14 to buy the 2 cheeseburger #2 from McDonald’s. I used to spill an overflowing ashtray on the rug and just kind of brush it around until it looked normal again.
Now I am trying to pick out which exotic granite counter top defines me as a person. Maybe I need a Fight Club, any takers?