Financial Priorities: Three Purchases We Made That Were Totally Worth It


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Jennie here. 

Some purchases can make us happier, but only if we pick the right things that add value to our lives. For me, I’ve become a lot more thoughtful about my purchases and often make trade offs because of the budget that we’ve set for ourselves.

I constantly ask myself the following before I make any purchase: Does this align with my needs, wants, and priorities? And if they answer is no, I won’t give it a second thought.


Here are just three examples of items that have
brought more value to me than the price I paid for it:


  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Brush Pen Set
    Michael’s retail price: $29.99; purchased for half the price with a 50% discount coupon.


    I used to paint and draw a lot when I was younger and had been longing to pick it up again recently. Was it worth the price? Hell yes. After an hour of painting and feeling inspired one evening, I felt extremely happy and liberated. There was an immediate return on investment. And in preparation for our travels next year, I wanted to have a hobby that I could take with me.
     

  • Sony MDRZX100 ZX Series Stereo Headphones (aka cheap headphones)
    Best Buy retail price: $19.99; purchased for $14.99 in store.


    For some (cough - Ivan - cough) my headphones never last more than a few months. So, recently, I decided to switch over from in-ear headphones to bulky over ear headphones. I’m attempting to persuade Ivan that I need noise-cancelling headphones for our round the world trip. He has been unconvinced thus far. However, these headphones have been fantastic because it allows me to really get into a flow when I’m writing or painting. It’s one piece of technology that I’ll always have in my bag.
     

  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
    Barnes & Noble retail price: $14.95; purchased for full price in store.

So I purchased this memoir by Haruki Murakami for Ivan a few years ago. And surprisingly, we both come back to this book again and again to draw inspiration from this writer. Although you can buy it for much cheaper now, I would still pay full price for it because it’s added so much positive value to our routines/daily life.

What purchases add value to your life?