Going through my bank statements this week really gave me a run for my money (heh). I've been following along with Sarah Von Bargen's More Money, More Happy series this month and a particularly good exercise got me thinking about where my purchases fall in line with my happiness and which purchases make me feel scammed.
Parking and parking tickets
Go eff yourself. Parking tickets have to be the most egregious punishment. One minute you've got parking locked in and are feeling on top of the world. An hour later and two minutes past your allotted parking time and you're looking at an $80 parking ticket. Terrible.
Cancelling fitness classes
I swear by Classpass, but there are days when you'd rather lay in bed for an extra half an hour and can not, for anything, bring yourself to get out of bed to make that 8am spin classes. I have had several of these days. I try to give myself a free pass on one at the most, but there are months where I've racked up the fees for missing classes. That's $15/class, people. I can do the math, can you?
Memberships you forgot you had
An old URL just charged me $24 and I never use it. That's money down the shitter.
Anything at all: library books, health plan, Visa bill, phone bill. DENTIST. Internet. Whatever. Not being on top of bills is a total money suck and a total scam. Too bad it's your fault.
This one is a terrible one for us. Living in a house with two brothers who don't really eat the things we do gives way to a lot of food waste. It also doesn't help that my parents are super generous when it comes to giving us things to eat - partly because I think they pity us - but it tends to go to waste. I forget we have it. I've proposed the reorganization of our fridge, and so far it seems to keep our waste at bay, but who knows how long that will last. [EDIT: there is currently a head of broccoli rotting away in our fridge. My bad!]
Buying cheap clothes
Lucky for me, I don't usually fall into this trap. I have Veuve Clicquot taste on a Colt 45 budget. Okay, not that bad but I am definitely more enamoured by higher end clothing. Good thing is that I get it for not high-end prices thanks to consignment and second hand. There have been a few exceptions. Buying cheap clothes is throwing your hard-earned cash down the shitter. It's going to break soon - far faster than if you were to invest in well-made pieces. Unless you're aware of the consequences of your buying crappy clothes, steer clear of the fast-fashion, cheaply structured clothing.
Getting your car broken into
Again, just the most exploitative mishaps. George and I had parked in the now defunct lot behind Revolver on a Sunday and we came out after an hour away from the car to find our back window had been smashed in. The poor rear windshield wiper dangling in the cold wind. They stole a Telus modem I was supposed to return which I now have to pay fees on and Georgie's basketball. Those bastards.)
Hey Compass machine, kiss my ass. That is all.
You think you get something for a good deal online, only to get to the check out cart and realize the shipping costs are more than the item itself.
Things that made someone happy
I bought an album on iTunes of Greek music. George loved it and it's calming to listen to. The $34 dollars spent on it is small when I compare it to how excited he got when I put it on in the car for the first time.
I bought two pieces this month including that Club Monaco jacket and a Clare V purse from The Real Real. I both love them and have gotten very good use out of them so far. I consider them joyful. Do clothes actually make me authentically happy? This is something to look into.
We spent a good chunk of money on movies this month. We took my mom out for a movie, I went to a solo movie, and George and I went and saw some together as a date as well. Absolutely no regrets there. I went out for dinner with a goo friend mid-way through the month for Wine Wednesday. We had a good chat and it was nice to catch up and have some cheap wine. It was joyful.
Looking back on these, I'm more capable of determining where I allocate my happiness through purchases. There are many purchases considered "scam" than joyful; a testament to the reality that happiness can't be bought.
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