I’ve had a few people ask how we do it. How do we manage to do so many fun things and take so many trips? I’ve even had a few assume we must have a lot of money, which made me laugh.
One of the great things about getting to 50 and beyond is we’ve had so many different experiences and life changes. For me, I’ve had it all, and lost it all, more than once.
I learned awhile back that possessing things isn’t important to me. Having lost all my “things” during the housing crisis taught me the most important lesson I’ve learned in life.
“You can take away my things, but you can’t take away my experiences.”
My husband feels the same way. We live a modest lifestyle in a small rental apartment. It’s in a beach town, which is where we want to live. I think our square footage is under 900 for the entire place.
All of our furniture was purchased used.
Our sofa was a hand-me-down from John’s sister. The recliner we have was a craigslist $50 special. Just about everything except our clothes and a handful of skateboards, were used.
In fact, at 58 years old, I’ve never owned a brand new car. My car is 12 years old, and we purchased it with cash. I got my bicycle from my son, and John found his used for a great price.
Our “new” motorcycle is used, and also a cash purchase. It’s a ton of fun, and gets great gas mileage too. We maybe spend $15 on gas for a weekend getaway.
Here’s the thing, unless you are lucky enough to be one of the super rich in this world, chances are you have a limited income.
When I was a realtor I would ask my buyers to make a list of what they wanted in a house.
Inevitably they would create a list that would not match their budget. But then I’d ask which is more important to them, “the house or the lot?” “more bedrooms, or a big garage?” and so on.
Prioritizing your wish list is so important.
It makes it easier to ask yourself the same questions, “Is buying this thing more important than creating an experience?” All of the little things we buy can quickly add up to the same cost of a weekend trip.
So it’s just a matter of what you would rather have. Sometimes the “thing” is what is most important, but other times it isn’t.