Why Paying for Comfort Is Always a Good Idea
Frugality might be a common lifestyle choice nowadays, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to subject themselves to a value-oriented lifestyle. Everyone thinks about buying by the weight, how to get the best deals and ways to save the most money. But sadly, these all come at a price and there are times when that price is worth every penny.
You see, many of us love to have comforts. Be it using air conditioning instead of our ceiling fans or having a large and luxurious dining table for when we have guests over, there will always be situations where we can spend more to feel better. It’s simple when you think about it. If we have to use ceiling fans instead of air conditioning, then we’ll probably be less comfortable despite saving a bit more money. A good way to think about it is to simply accept that we have to pay money in order to receive creature comforts.
With the dining table example, think about what the alternatives would be when your guests arrive. Do you always go out to eat? Will you ask them to sit at the table while your family eats in the kitchen? Or are you going to get a cheap and tacky fold-out table to use instead? If you want to make both your and your guests comfortable, then the only choice is to go for the larger dining table so you can all sit at the table and eat together.
Luxury isn’t wasteful
If you’ve been living a frugal lifestyle since you were born, then it’s only natural to feel disgusted when someone mentions using money in a wasteful manner. However, a good way to think about it is to accept that it’s not wasteful. Let’s take home improvements as an example. When you improve your home, what are you really gaining? In most cases it’s comfort. For instance, if you decide to renovate your garage into a functional storage room because you don’t drive, then you’re gaining extra space and rooms to do whatever you want with. If you don’t renovate, you could continue living life how it is, but you’ll always have a wasted room that isn’t doing anything. In that situation, what’s more wasteful? An unused room or spending money to make it functional?
There are many different situations like this that stem from comfort. Another good area to spend money on is comfort to beat seasonal problems. Perhaps next summer you’ll want to invest in an air conditioning system to keep your home cool, or maybe in the winter, you’ll have an underfloor heating system prepared. Whatever you decide, it’s not going to be wasted because it will offer you comfort, and it’s also far more convenient for you. Sure it might cost a little bit more money, but if most people are willing to pay a bit extra for comfort, then you should be fine with it too.
So while you shouldn’t splash all of your cash on needless things, you should always consider spending a bit more money for the sake of your own comfort. Be it on home improvements or tastier food, learn to treat yourself now and then.
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