“There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”
– Old saying
In the 1800’s saloons would often offer a free lunch special. If a customer was willing to purchase one drink they could have a meal “on the house.” The foods served were always high in salt, forcing the customer to buy more drinks in order to quench his thirst. The saloon always made its money back.
I ended up getting some Christmas money. Initially I was planning on blowing it all. I wanted new clothes, some vinyls for my Hi-Fi, and a million other impulse purchases. Everything on Amazon looked like I should own it.
On paper all the things I wanted sounded like fine purchases. I hadn’t worked for the money so it was free for luxury items. I was getting ready to blow all of it until I decided to sit down and think about my decision.
In roughly one month I’m moving. It’s doubtful that I’ll be bring a Hi-Fi, mountains of cloths, artwork, or anything else that I was considering getting. All my stuff is going to have to fit on a plane, there’s no room extra. I’d also rather have some rainy day money than own a bunch of superficial items. There’s no telling when I’ll get hit with a slow month, I’d rather live comfortably than have to worry while surrounded by all my stuff.
Instead of buying something I’ll probably never need I’ve decided to use my money strategically. It’s going in the bank in case I actually have to use it.