At The End of Your Life, You Aren’t Going To Want To Spend Money

One of the biggest excuses that I hear for spending money you don’t have is that you might die tomorrow. “What if I’m hit by a bus tomorrow and I didn’t go on that vacation, or have that car, or own that bag?” The thinking is that it would be a shame to die without having had certain experiences or possessions and so overspending is justified in the face of mortality.

But I’ll tell you this: When you’re facing the real end of your life and not just looking for an excuse to justify your spending, the last thing you’re going to want to do is spend money. Too much else becomes far more important than “stuff.” I’ve spent six year


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5 Responses to At The End of Your Life, You Aren’t Going To Want To Spend Money

  1. If I had only a limited amount of time left, your list makes perfect sense to me.

    That said, if it were possible and not inconsistent with higher priority items, there are a few things on my bucket list that do involve spending money which I would spend.

  2. Shane says:

    Great article. Thanks for posting.

  3. thriftorama says:

    I have watched three love ones die in past three years, and this is all so true.

  4. Monkey Mama says:

    Probably very true!

    My spouse was just diagnosed with a life threatening disease. Beforehand, with writing on the wall, we talked about all we would do before his final days. Cashing out retirement, etc. With the actual diagnosis in hand, his tune changed. He doesn’t want to spend a dime – he just wants to spend more time with his family, etc. (It’s actually not that dire of a diagnosis, but mortality is still a very real possibility that he is considering).

    Basically, the financial parts on the bucketlist tend to fall to the wayside when reality hits.

    “Seeing more places” would probably be more on the list, but he rather stick close to home in the end.

  5. Broken Arrow says:

    I get this rationalization way too often. Amazing that grown adults can still think this way….

    What’s really funny when my friends say it is that they’ve been saying it for at least ten years now. Ten years of living as if there’s no tomorrow, and yet, not once have they lived with the possibility of having to be prepared at the chance that they will continue to live.

    It’s important to be able to truly live life as though it’s nearing its end… but it’s also important to be able to live as though your life has only just begun….

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