Since I am actively engaged in finding new ways to think about money, I end up reading a lot of other blogs and their posts about money and do my best to pick up on their mentality and how it relates to money. I read a lot of good blogs, get inspired about my own blog, and then write about how these posts change my mindset. I am basically Eric Cartman vlogging about his reaction to other people vlogging about their reactions to games. But that’s okay, because that’s where I am in my money journey. I can’t exactly tell you about investment strategies, aside from the best investment strategy there is (in my opinion), when I am not exactly making millions.
That being said, this post on Mr. Money Mustache, written by Mr. Frugal Toque, had a great line in it that really struck true with me. You should go to check out the whole post, but the line that I was most taken aback by was this one:
“Like many other money-related exercises, the goal is to build habits in our children that will serve them for life by preventing them from becoming Clown Consumers looking for happiness at the far end of their credit cards’ limits.”
There’s something about this sentence. The idea that people are “looking for happiness at the far end of their credit cards’ limits” strikes a chord with me because that’s something that I have had problems with myself. I know what it’s like to have some issues with spending because you are unhappy. I remember spending money that I didn’t have on TVs, or computers, or nights out (not drinking), justifying the expense because I was saving money eating Ramen during the week and not buying alcohol, always thinking to myself that things will turn around once I start making more money.
The reality though, is that I would have found more happiness from not spending that money, not getting the TV, and instead focusing on improving myself. Happiness isn’t something that comes from outside yourself, or from material goods. Happiness is something that comes from inside yourself or from enjoying your time with the people you care most about. The entire idea of Mr. Money Mustache’s site is to save your money early to get more of your time back later in life. That’s why posts like this and sites like MMM are so exciting to me. I’ve finally found what actually makes me happy, and it’s not something that I can buy from a store. It’s spending time with family, friends, and this guy.
The coolest thing about this post is right at the start. It’s Lieutenant Commander Data looking like a boss and quoting Shakespeare. Data is easily my favorite character on Star Trek TNG (except for maybe Reginald Barclay) so of course I was always going to like this post.