As a society, we have a collective agreement that money will be used as the universal currency for exchange. What we get in return may be a material object or even a service rendered.
However, I think we need to realize that every single cent we spend acts as an investment. And if you don’t actually get anything beneficial back from it, then it is in fact a really bad investment that you have made.
Before we are about to spend our money, we need to stop and think about what we are actually getting in return. This will not only help us become more conscious of what we are spending on, but also become more aware of how just because something costs a lot of money, does not mean it will add value to our lives.
The value something adds to our lives can be in terms of it being beneficial to us growing as a person, reaching our highest potential, something we need to survive or even merely something we want from the bottom of our heart. If that something does not meet any of the above criteria, what are we really getting back in return?
People are willing to pay a large sum of money for temporary gratification without thinking of it in the long term. At this day and age, it is so important to invest in yourself because it will increase in your value and put you in a position where you get to choose how you want your life to be.
Paying $100 for a language program is too expensive but paying $100 for a lavish dinner with friends is considered reasonable. But when you take a piece of paper, divide it in half and list all the pros and cons of both options that cost the same amount, you will know the value of one truly outweighs the other.
I say this again, everything we spend our money on is an investment and it is our responsibility to make sure it is one that brings us the most amount of profit.