Opinions wanted: How do you “live a little”?

Published December 24, 2014   Posted in Having some fun

Especially during the holidays, the temptation (and, in many ways, “expectation”) to splurge on some of life’s convenience or luxury items – otherwise known as “living a little”, surface in full swing.  As in rehabilitation, it is often helpful to talk about these vices and get them out in the open, admit to them, and then improve your mastery over your more spendy types of behavior. 

Pouring wineBasically, these are times that you aren’t so much of a financial bad ass.

For me, it is primarily food – in the form of going out to eat, especially with my wife’s parents who enjoy the restaurant life as much as I do.  We all love taking a trip out to our favorite restaurant somewhere in the area and enjoying an evening of good food and good company.

But it’s not just going out to eat.  We usually all pile into a Honda Ridgeline (gas inefficient) and drive anywhere from 15 or 20 minutes (needlessly far) and dine with at least a bottle of wine (another $40 to $60 added to the bill in drinks).  So, we’re talking a couple hundred dollars for the meal, easy.

This damn stuff is expensive and completely, utterly needless.  But, it’s also something that our family enjoys doing once in a while, especially during the holidays.  It’s a vice.  It’s stupid.  I know we should stop, but hey, I can’t control an entire family, right?  🙂

What about you?  What how do you “live a little” and spend a little extra money that you probably shouldn’t, especially around the holidays?

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4 responses to “Opinions wanted: How do you “live a little”?”

  1. Vawt says:

    I think travel and massages. We try to use points for travel, but you really can’t for the spa (for my wife). I also just ordered a new hard drive that I didn’t really need. Either way this will be one of our best net worth increase months ever!

  2. Mine are golf and alcohol, although this is not just limited to the holiday period!

    I am constantly working on getting my alcohol consumption down, but with golf I feel that it’s not the expensive hobby most make it out to be, so am fairly happy with spending £50-£100 a month on that, given that I don’t really splurge on much else nowadays.

    • There are ways to make your vices less expensive, like you have with golf. Alcohol can be the same way – I’ve read that after your first glass of wine, for example, you really can’t tell as much how “good” the second glass is, so you might as well save your expensive stuff for the first glass and move on to less expensive options after that.

      I haven’t confirmed that, just read it. Sounds like it makes some sense.

      Enjoy, and best of luck in your endeavors.

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