We’ve all been there as adults. You’ve been telling yourself you want and need something. You’ve earned the money to buy the aforementioned something and it’s time to buy it and then you get hit by a wave of guilt. You somehow feel like you’re wasting money. Perhaps you feel it’s better off added to your savings or investments. Sometimes you don’t even have an explanation for it. I do not have a cure for that guilty feeling. What I can do is propose some things that you should not feel guilty about spending your money on.
Bed and bedding
Sleeping is one of the most important things you do and it also happens to be one of the things you will do the most. It’s an essential function of human life and helps your body to complete processes such as repair, refresh and restoration. If you’re going to something that much you may as well do it well. That’s where a good bed and good bedding come in. Good bedding means comfortable and aiding you in getting good quality sleep.
Your health is very important. It may be one of the biggest determinants of how you perform the tasks you or the rest of the world gives you. You really cannot put a value on good health so spending on your health should not be something you ever feel bad about. Nobody hesitates to spend money on fixing their health when things go wrong so spending to keep things from going wrong where possible shouldn’t ever be questioned.
Good food is another thing that surprisingly has people feeling guilty when it comes to buying it. By good food, I mean food with high nutritional value that provides your body with quality fuel and nutrients. It feels a lot easier to spend money on fast food than it does on healthy food and organic food. A healthy diet is a great stepping stone for good health and better performance.
Looking good is great and all but have you ever worn comfortable clothes? Nothing beats the feeling of clothing you can spend the whole day in and not be in a rush to remove it. Comfortable clothing is worth the money honestly. While some clothing may look good it is ridiculously uncomfortable and you spend the day feeling out of sorts in it. That of course is not ideal for productivity.
Right, there’s always that one controversial paragraph in these articles and this is it. What are we working for if not the ability to impact lives? First and foremost your own but also the lives of others around us. We should never feel bad about using our money to help others. The real problem is knowing when to help. For this, I can offer 3 quick pieces of advice. First, help where you want to. If you are helping someone with the expectation of something in return that is a transaction, not helping. Secondly, helping others where it can land you in trouble (financial or otherwise) will likely result in two people being in trouble so it’s not the best idea. Finally, in some situations where it seems like you are helping you may actually be creating an ongoing problem as some people may become comfortable with their problems. You want to make sure this is not the case when helping people.
Safety and security
You work hard to have what you have but it all counts for nought if you don’t protect and one day the unthinkable happens. Crime in Zimbabwe has certainly become more prevalent but there is also an escalation in the type of crime. Spending a little extra on security makes good sense. And where security is not enough insurance can guarantee that you will only lose your items temporarily. Insurance sounds like a drag but the peace of mind that comes with it is amazing.
Firstly it’s your passion. It brings you joy and if you work as hard you’re supposed to be working it may even help you stay sane. So you should really not feel guilty about spending money on what you are passionate about. Unless it is somehow detrimental to the rest of your existence. If that is the case it’s more likely a coping mechanism than a passion. What’s the point of all the work if you cannot reward yourself with something that really matters to you?