Money To Live

January 23, 2013

Relaxing: spending and saving

Filed under: budgeting,savings,simplify — by moneyconsciously @ 11:35 am

[You might also be interested in Money To Live’s post on the Costs associated with working full time.]

Recently a friend asked me: how do you manage to travel more and work less?

Over a cup of tea, we agreed that work could be a stressor. When we responded to work demands by feeling stressed, we both tended to spend more money either to relax or save time. My friend relaxed by going out; she spent her money on drinks, clubbing and taxis. I spent more money on eating out and going to cafes. With more money coming in, we worried less about spending the extra cash…even though the little things added up over time.

When I am relaxed or not working, my lifestyle is different. I entertain myself (and others) in different ways: I spend more time at home, I cook more. I spend less, I save more. Rather than working more to spend more in ways that I don’t actually prefer, currently I am choosing to relax, spend money more consciously and formally work less.

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