On Monday’s post I raised the issue of “the good stuff,” and whether you give it to yourself. Most people don’t.
I can understand why. If you think about it logically, you could never justify buying a First Class airline ticket. Can you quantify how much better a $5,000 suit is over a $1,000 one? Do you really need to spend $50 dollars more for the room with the ocean view? Can you justify paying $45,000 more for your condo to get on the water view side of the building instead of the city view? Isn’t it wasteful to spend money on fresh flowers? Do you really need cable TV, let alone satellite? Can you really make the case for spending the extraordinary amount of extra money that anything from Prada costs?
Well the answer on all of these is probably no. And yes.
The truth is, good shoes are a good investment for your health and career. A pair of Bally or Santoni loafers mold to your feet like warm butter. They also are well made and will last a lot longer than cheap shoes. Plastic shoes are bad for your feet.
A good wool suit will travel better and look better. A cheaper one will wrinkle just riding to your job interview, fall apart sooner, and start to look “shiny” after a few pressings. A water view condo will hold its value and be easier to sell later. So there really are some logical reasons for buying quality things, instead of cheap ones.
And of course there are lots of logical reasons to cut costs and save money on things…
I spend $250 a week on fresh flowers. If I saved that and invested it, imagine what it would end up over time. But I love having fresh flowers in my home. (And it seems everyone that visits slaps themselves in the head and wonders why they don’t do it.)
If you save that $45,000 on the condo, you can invest it in your daughter’s college fund. You can buy five $1,000 suits instead of one $5,000 one, etc. And of course we certainly can’t forget all the good guilt arguments…
“You could save that money and give it to the church. There are poor people starving. We need to save the whales/rainforests/starving children in Africa/etc.”
So here’s my problem with all that…
Those arguments are based on the idea of prosperity being a finite resource. Where I believe just the opposite. I believe you can buy the Prada sneakers AND give money to the church. You can buy three $5,000 suits and send money to Haiti. You just have to make more money.
And all you have to do to make more money is raise your consciousness. Oh and one other little detail…
You have to believe you are worth it. So how you doing on that?