living our best life – spending money

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Being chronically ill, I tend to worry about money a lot.  I try hard to win over the anxiety by reminding myself that God will work it all out and worrying about it does absolutely no good.  To also help combat my fear of not having enough money, I live a frugal lifestyle.  I make sure my family lives on less and with less in most areas of our lives.

But instead of focusing on what we live without, we can always talk about that later, today’s question focuses on what we do spend money on.   There are psychological benefits to spending money on yourself, even if it is just a little bit, for a pick-me-up.

So, the question this week is:  What is one thing you regularly spend money on that brings joy into your life?  

103 thoughts on “living our best life – spending money

      • Hi Wendi ! I also buy the roses because they come from Columbia, where the climate is good for roses. In the greenhouses, most of the women are single mothers supporting their children. Conditions are harsh, and the women suffer from exposure to chemicals in the growing process.
        As I enjoy the roses I also pray for the women who have carefully grown them, and their families. 🤗

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      • What a beautiful way to spend your money to help others. I also love that you pray for those that grow the roses………….you have such a beautiful heart. I am going to start praying for those that grow my food that I purchase. God bless you Sally.

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  1. I spend most money on my health, including specific foods, but also to make the food I can get at my senior living facility taste better when I take it back to my room to eat. And yes, a daily square of 95% dark chocolate is my favorite treat! When my grandson gets older, (he is still well outfitted and entertained by good toys already given him) I will want to contribute to special events or items that he will most need/enjoy in the future. His parents are already conservative in considering good sustainable quality rather quantity of “stuff”, so I imagine it will be a real pleasure to be a doting grandma.

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    • wow! I have never had 95% dark chocolate. I will have to try that sometime. I love that you use money on your health……..so important. And what a blessing you are and will continue to be for your grandson. I LOVE that you want to contribute to experiences for him in the future. 🙂

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  2. Spending on others brings me joy, selecting small hand made gifts or thoughtfilled choices makes me happy. For myself it’s often…too often… a large tasty item from a local bakery which myself and my husband share in a car picnic!

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  3. Books. I tend to buy books for my friends, my family, and myself. Ebooks annoy me, they take me FOREVER to read and if I spend 8 for an ebook, when I can spend the same amount for paper, I’ll go paper! And I also tend to shop in used book stores!

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  4. We try to live frugal as much as possible. One thing I enjoy doing before I leave for work. Going to buy my wife breakfast when she feels for it, and leave it for when she wakes up. May a frugal seed, produce an abundant harvest. For your own seed to enjoy, when they’re able to reap, from what your heart has provided! Abundant blessings!

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  5. I really liked this post, I struggle with money and spending it wisely but I do spurge on myself buying scented candles. It is inexpensive since I buy them 4/$1, the benefits are priceless. I’ve been buying lavender scented for a calming aroma. I love sitting in my living/sitting room while writing and reading blog posts.

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  6. Books, yarn, and Starbucks!! I have made trips out of the house on a really bad day just to get a Starbucks caramel macchiato because I need that little bit of happiness. This year I got two Starbucks gift cards for Christmas that I still haven’t used up, so I’m not even really spending my own money. 🙂 The day I had sad dental work I made a beeline for my favorite yarn store. It is the great balance of life.

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  7. Having my own garden and allotment I grow a lot of flowers such as Dahlia’s, poppies, sunflowers, Foxgloves, and gladioli, I adore cut flowers and grow my Dahlia’s, and Gladioli for my vases..
    But in the winter months, I treat myself weekly or fortnightly depending on how the flowers last to a bouquet of flowers from the florist,
    This week it was a simple bunch of daffodils.. Last week it was tulips, So my self indulgent treat of spends is on flowers 🙂 ❤

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  8. Believe it or not, it’s my computer. I am more or less home-bound because of my disability. I do go out but only when the weather isn’t awful and always with someone because I don’t have a car I can drive. I don’t know my neighbors well and haven’t been able to make friends in this town I live in. There’s a possibility it’s my fault but even if that’s so, there’s a second reason: no one is ever home. My computer connects me to the rest of the world.

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    • I think this is WONDERFUL that you spend your money on what benefits you the most! Having a way to connect to people on the outside world is extremely important. Living with chronic illnesses/disability, it makes it difficult to make and maintain friends. Thank you so very much for stopping by to leave comments on what is best for you! 🙂

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  9. This is a really good question! And a great topic because money is tight and a huge source of stress for quite a few in the chronic illness community, myself included. I seem to have developed a guilt factor that has pretty much enveloped me since getting sick then losing my job. I thought going self-employed (earning not enough to cover groceries but we’ll skip that part!) and not taking any benefits would sort that out and all would be okay, but no, the guilt is pervasive. And I have no idea really where it came from or what the hell to do with it. I spend money on what’s needed and ‘treat’ myself with cigarettes (bad, I know) but that’s it, in place of anything I ever used to do (going out, socialising, relationship gifts, cinema, all the ‘fun’ stuff). When it comes to spending money on myself now, I feel it’s pointless and I feel guilty for it. The concession I make is for snuggly stuff I suppose – socks, PJs, new duvet cover, mugs, small-ish things on sale that I know I get a lot of use out of now I’m propped up in bad all day and find being comfortable so, so important and I get joy from that now. If that makes any sense, I may be rambling!
    Caz xx

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    • Oh Caz, I LOVE your comments. You have brought up some very important points for those of with who are chronically ill……….we feel guilty about everything and especially spending money. I loved your comment that you don’t know where the guilt came from or what to do with it……AMEN to that, but the guilt is very real and very strong.
      So, my question for you Caz, sorry to put you on the spot here, how could others help you financailly? I know we are not allowed to ask people to come to our sites and click ads or buy things off Amazon so I am asking you without specifics 🙂 It is SO important for us to let others know that living with CI is a huge financial burden, on top of physical, mental and spiritual one. Thank you again for your comments………

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  10. Thank you for sharing!.. early on I realized that money will not buy me happiness and I do not need the biggest and best to live a quality and happy life… so I spend money on what makes me happy, not what others think would make me happy… 🙂

    May flowers always line your path
    and sunshine light your way,
    May songbirds serenade your
    every step along the way,
    May a rainbow run beside you
    in a sky that’s always blue,
    And may happiness fill your heart
    each day your whole life through.
    May the sun shine all day long
    Everything go right, nothing go wrong
    May those you love bring love back to you
    And may all the wishes you wish come true
    (Irish Saying)

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    • what makes you happy is what is important! 🙂 I have never found “society’s” idea of happiness – happy, in fact, I find much of it sad. Thanks so much for taking time to stopy by! I always appreciate your visits Dutch.

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    • Thank you so very much for joining the conversation Jacques! Even though I don’t drink coffee, I have several in my family and I have been informed that good coffee is so worth the money! 🙂 I am going to check into that brand as maybe a surprise for my family. Thanks again! 🙂

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    • 🙂 Oh my goodness………yes, meal worms are such a treat for our feathered friends. I was able to purchase a large bag on sale at Rural King and now when I bring the bag out, they all go crazy! 🙂 I am so happy to know just how spoil your chicks are! 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

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    • I love your choice. I have to admit that books have always been something I struggled with…….I so love to be surrounded by books. Thank you so much shirley for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

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