Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Just what I needed

As if to keep me on track, Mr. Money Mustache reminds me of another reason to hold on to as many dollars as I can. Go read his post on your money working harder than you can if you haven't already and then come back.

Inspiring, right? Sure I might think it's difficult to fight hedonic adaptation and cut a hundred or two dollars from my monthly budget. But no matter how hard it is those dollars will work still harder — if I can hold on to them, that is.

January is coming to a close. This month I tried to not buy anything on most days which I thought was going to be more intrusive. I didn't achieve anything superhuman, but I did pretty well considering I didn't know where to set my goals — more on that later. It seems I wasn't buying things terribly often in the first place. The little nagging voice was a friendly companion this month: "maybe it's a good idea to buy that, but do you want to turn today into a buying day?". I almost never did.

And at the end of it I find MMM giving me a moral justification that holding onto those dollars is perhaps their most valuable use.

It's been a good month.


  1. Aww, thanks Acolyte my man. You're just what I needed too.

    I hope that you, like me, think of this song whenever you use that phrase:


  2. INDEED, sir! I lean toward writing in song lyrics whenever I can help it.

    As a side note, when I was younger I thought that was a Journey song.