Today’s post is by Catherine Alford.
Everyone has different priorities when it comes to spending money. Some people value travel while others value eating out as much as possible. There’s definitely not a right way or a wrong way to spend your hard earned cash since everyone places value on different things. That being said, here are a few things that I don’t spend my money on, and I’m interested to know what you go without as well!
For over two years, we’ve been a no TV family. As in, we don’t have a TV in our apartment at all. We watch shows on Hulu from time to time, but mostly my husband and I just sit next to each other in the evenings while he studies and I blog. It works well for us and helps to cut down distractions. While he misses having a TV sometimes around football season, it’s definitely not enough for us to go back to it.
2) Video Games
My husband grew up in a rural area without cable TV and video games. It worked out well for him because he and his siblings just played outside all the time. I never got much into video games as a kid either, although I did have a hot pink Gameboy with a Mario Kart game that I played from time to time. Still, neither of us are attached enough to video games to buy a system. Although I’m sure we’d enjoy working out using a Wii, I know I wouldn’t use it enough to justify a purchase.
3) New Cars
This should probably fall under the “can’t afford” category rather than the “things I won’t buy” category. However, even when we do have the money to afford a brand new car, I doubt we’ll go that route. A nice, new-to-us car will suit us just fine.
4) Fast Food
We’ve completely broken this habit since moving to Grenada. All we have is Subway and KFC here, and we don’t buy either one of them. Occasionally we’ll order a pizza, but that’s about it. This has been good for our waistlines and our wallets. I lost 10 pounds right when I moved to Grenada without even trying because of this, and my husband lost 50 pounds within a few months!
5) Pricey Home Décor
Similar to fast food, we just don’t have access to nice furniture and fancy rugs here. I absolutely love design blogs, and I can’t wait to be back in the U.S. to decorate a new apartment. However, I’ll probably go the thrift store or the big box store route to get what we need. Maybe one day I’ll have enough discretionary income to make my house look exactly like I want it, but for now, I’m happy to go without a lot of fancy pillows.
Like I said, these are just some of the things that we don’t want to spend money on, but I’m sure others really enjoy them. To each their own, I always say, but I’m interested to hear about what you go without. Please share in the comments below!