What do you do to self indulge that is worth it?

Amazon / Eng
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Nokia, Motorola Mobility (a Lenovo Company)
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Mar 13 27 Comments

I have been raised in a family that believes in living below means. Consequently, I only spend on basic necessities. Sometimes I have FOMO that if I can't spend during my peak earning capability, I would never be able to do so. What is it that you do to self indulge that is worth it?

P.S: Don't smoke or drink. Not interested in drugs or porn or hookers.

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  • Google Methane
    I light my farts after a heavy Mexican meal.
    Mar 133
    • Adobe / EngAsync'
      🤣🤣🤣
      Mar 13
    • Amazon Jеff Bezоs
      Handle checks out
      Mar 13
    • Google Methane
      What can I say. Farts are a big part of my life.
      Mar 13
  • Intel l|ll||lll|
    I had a similar attitude. When our family income finally hit $300k I figured I should be comfortable spending some money.

    1. Property - get a nice house, not just A house.
    2. Pay yourself - define your goal, save that money, everything above can be disposable. 3. Convenience. Meal service, stylist. Even if it’s online like stitch fix or sunbasket, your QOL can be vastly improved. Hire a cleaner, hire a lawn guy, spend more time having quality time with kids and not resenting their demands while you focus on stuff you can hire someone to do.
    4. That nice car. Yes, a $70,000 car won’t make or break your retirement goals.
    5. Annual meaningful vacations. With kids, try a cruise or a tour, as they become less needy go to interesting places, it’ll make your kids more interesting.
    6. Good wine, again delivered.

    Start there and see how much FOMO you feel afterwards.
    Mar 132
    • Amazon Jеff Bezоs
      Money management advice from the poor.
      Mar 13
    • Intel l|ll||lll|
      Yea. After 12 years in the industry, waiting a decade to buy a new car, and the same time waiting to take vacations which require a flight, are definitely going to be what lands me in the poor house.
      Mar 13
  • Amazon CiJN18
    If you don’t have kids spend on travel. It’s so much harder when you have to deal with school schedules and keeping kids entertained. And you can find ways to keep expenses low.
    Mar 132
    • Amazon / Eng
      indulge

      AmazonEng

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      Nokia, Motorola Mobility (a Lenovo Company)
      indulgemore
      OP
      Unfortunately, have kids.
      Mar 13
    • Microsoft suresure
      Even with kids you can travel. It's fun to make memories as a family. Doesn't have to be expensive
      Mar 13
  • Google / Eng🍑☁️
    Most things people spend money on are dumb. You're not missing out. Save and retire early instead.
    Mar 130
  • Amazon / Engn0v
    Restaurants are my unjustifiable weakness.
    Mar 130
  • UiPath / Consultanthidq44
    Spend on your physical and mental health, go to a spa, get the massage or cryotherapy or infrared sauna, buy healthy whole clean foods... or a Porsche is pretty fun
    Mar 130
  • Salesforce / EngWafU46
    If you’re FOMOing you have to be FOMOing over something I think, or are you really just saying “I’d like to spend money”?

    1. Get a nice, newer car. Yes it’s a deprecating asset, whatever.
    2. Take the kids to Europe/Asia if they’re old enough.
    3. Go high roller in Vegas if you can leave them with grandparents. Even if you don’t gamble, you can stay in very nice hotels, watch amazing shows, eat the best food you’ll ever have, spend time in exuberant spas etc.
    Mar 133
    • Amazon / Eng
      indulge

      AmazonEng

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      Nokia, Motorola Mobility (a Lenovo Company)
      indulgemore
      OP
      My FOMO is: what do people spend on that I don't know even know about (because of the way I look at the world).
      Mar 13
    • Salesforce / EngWafU46
      Vegas sounds like something you would never do, so you should do that.
      Mar 13
    • Indeed jenkim
      depreciating*
      Mar 13
  • ViaSat / Designmark1650
    Motorcycles are a lot of fun per dollar.
    Mar 130
  • American Express D.BCooper
    Car and seeing my family back in the Midwest. I go back every 4 months on top of a trip in between. Amex has a strong virtual wlb so I will work from Utah and ski, go to Maine in the fall, NYC next month, etc. I only use vacation for international travel.

    Also donate school supplies and my time.
    Mar 130
  • New stuY15
    Kitesurfing trips all over the world with and without family. Without family includes shit you're not supposed to be doing with your closest buddies.

    driving around making bit.che.s horny in my 458 or 911 Martini Turbo

    🤡 at the track on my 1198 xerox bayliss replica
    Mar 130
  • Salesforce LuluLime
    Maybe you are too ambivalent about things? (Not judging you). If you have a hobby that you are very very passionate about and dedicated to then it's easier to spend money and justify the expenditure. Any seemingly inexpensive hobby (like running on the streets, where you think you just need shoes and the road) can make you spend big bucks. On the other hand, the expensive hobbies: well, they are expensive!
    Mar 130
  • Cisco CiscoKid.
    I buy things for family that they can’t afford.
    Mar 130
  • Tektronix / Sales
    BlueBerd

    TektronixSales

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    Oracle
    BlueBerdmore
    Experiences, travel, vacations, classes and fun experiences for the kids are all worth it in my opinion.
    Mar 130
  • Axtria DesiLaunda
    I don't earn too high but as my TC has increased over the years, I have started spending more on:
    1. Apparels (clothes, shoes)
    2. Watches
    3. Personal trainer
    4. Weekend getaways and short travel
    5. Got a cook for weekdays and more eating out on weekends
    6. Gadgets
    7. Home decor, kitchen and car accessories
    8. Massages and spa
    9. Gifts for family and close friends, and meeting them more often
    10. Personal grooming
    11. Pursuing hobbies/classes
    12. Home with a view
    Of course, invest and some donation to charity

    Pick whatever interests you.
    Mar 130
  • Adobe tihwv
    Initially spending very little because I couldn't afford it, to continuing that habit when I could actually afford several things, I realized I was missing out. Not just FOMO, but plain missing out.

    If I couldn't spend the money I was earning, who was I earning it for?

    Indulgences don't have to be expensive. You could start small and go all the way as you increasingly become comfortable with these expenses.

    Identify those things that you think deferring as "I don't need". You don't have to _need_ everything, sometimes let your heart take over - your mind will be happy in the long run!

    I started off with clothes. I wouldn't look at anything beyond $20. Now I don't mind spending up to $75 - some times just for the "brand". I know this is still lower that what most do :)

    Shoes! Of multiple colors :D Going from one shoe every 2 years to several a year has been exciting!

    Watches. Go to eBay and get that semi- or luxury brand you have always eyed, but thought - a $20 Casio shows me the same time. Screw that thought.

    Xbox. I "game" like 2 or 3 times a year in "active" years. LOL. To top it, I got an annual subscription. I haven't used the console in the 7 months since I got it. LOL again.

    Car lease. Poor financial decision - I would argue not necessarily, but that's a separate debate. Getting a new car every 3 years is exciting. I also can drive around that 3 pointed star, if you know what I mean. There's more value for money in a Hyundai, but we aren't talking that, are we?
    Mar 130
  • CGI nike1
    Rolex
    Mar 130
  • Amazon burnt_0ut
    Massages. I deal with chronic pain and a biweekly or monthly massage makes life much more enjoyable. Insurance covers about half so it’s much more affordable.
    Mar 130

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