I’ve written before about taking the time to think about our spending habits. We are in a particularly unique situation in this current moment; in March 2020, there was a dramatic interruption to our everyday spending and consumption habits!
Some patterns have remained interrupted over the year. Some rhythms are, or will be soon, returning to a closer resemblance to pre-covid. Regardless of our specific situation, interruptions make great opportunities to re-assess! Do my choices reflect my desires, my values, my priorities?
I've spent many of my adult years using the head-in-the-sand, cross-my-fingers approach to financial priorities (also: the spend-as-little-as-possible system and occasionally the spend-money-so-I-don't-have-to-deal-with-this-problem approach, as well!)
Alternately, some intention in this area — as in most things! — takes more time & effort. But, ultimately, I've found, it is the best strategy.
So, in the spirit of intentionality, I invite you to consider with me some questions, if you think they would be helpful to you! This is simply a brainstormed list to get the wheels of thought turning; some
This has been a year of redefining needs in many ways, and that appraisal may have impact on your money, too. Take this interruption as motivation to consider what all of this means for you. Cling on to what is good, what aligns with you, what has been positive. Don't resume the patterns that were negative, from which you've been given a natural break!
Have you had any surprises this year in this way? Interruptions to spending which you've been glad for? Changes that you would never have considered without an outside influence?
I'd love to hear your thoughts! Share in the comments below or by email — firstname.lastname@example.org
This dignify post draws from Derek Thompson's October 7th article in The Atlantic.
Thompson's article explains the practical challenges in 2021 for consumers as well as for retailers.
Here's how some of these points relate to dignify right now and in the coming months:
Mystery novels have often appealed to people with jobs that are never fully resolved (doctors, pastors, social workers). In this cultural era of many-problems-few-resolutions, reading a good mystery can be a refreshing break.
Our 12-year old daughter is the most avid, prolific reader I know! We teamed up to create a list of mysteries for all ages of independent readers. The recos below are listed with increasing age levels in mind, but no specific age parameters (as a mature, well-read, near-teen, she has read up to Agatha Christie on this list).
Our 11-year old computer is showing creaky signs of age, just about ready to go to sleep (and never wake up). But, we feel that it has served us well. When I compare it to other expenses over the years, the laptop is — at about a $100/year investment — one of our best value-for-dollar belongings.
When shopping for items like this, how do we choose well? How do we discern what brand/style/variety is built to last? Or, how do we determine even if “built to last” is relevant to the purchase?