Higher Prices Don’t Always Mean More Enjoyment

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Trent Hamm at the Simple Dollar wrote a post in January about enjoying the free things in life. On a flight home, he found himself looking forward to taking a hot shower and spending time with his family. Once he realized that these things were free or nearly free, he started listing activities he enjoyed that cost less than a dime per hour.

His post made me think not only about all the times I pay for entertainment when I could have as much fun for free, but also about the times I spend more to get something I enjoy less than a cheaper alternative. For example, we recently took our children to see a Disney on Ice show. We used a coupon on the cheapest seats, and the tickets cost our fam


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3 Responses to Higher Prices Don’t Always Mean More Enjoyment

  1. Raven says:

    I love going to the opera. When I was a ‘poor starving student’ all I could afford were ‘nosebleed section’ seats. The sound was great, but I needed binoculars to see what was on stage. One day, I decided to splurge for tickets ‘on the floor’–they were almost five times as expensive as the tickets I was used to buying.

    As it turns out, the sound wasn’t very good and I still couldn’t see anything.

    Now, I only buy tickets for higher up seats, which tend to offer the deepest discounts and remember to bring my binoculars.

    (Ssh! Don’t tell anyone that the sound is better from up high!)

  2. baselle says:

    That’s especially true with a football or baseball game – from the cheap seats you can see the whole field, get the crowd energy…binoculars are useful there, also. And if the stadium isn’t sold out, often you can move down a few rows of seats.

    You do have a problem if you like to ogle cheerleaders, though. 😀 Depends on what you go for.

  3. Peter Bielagus says:

    GREAT POST! It’s kinda like dieting. The whole key to dieting is NOT to eat healthy foods but to find the healthy foods you enjoy eating. If you hate spinach, you can only stuff it down your throat for so many days before you go back to pizza. But find the healthy foods you love and you’ll eat them them rest of your life.

    Same thing in finance. Find the cheap stuff you love to do and save money forever.

    I work as a financial advisor for young Americans and am happy to see when young professionals are thinking about their financial future.

    Check out a new blog I just started posting to called MoneySmartBlog.com that discusses a lot of these issues. I just wrote a post about using your tax refund to improve your financial life. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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