I have been reading Your Money or Your Life recently. I'm only part way through the book but the big takeaway for me so far is a short mental checklist for expenditures:
1) How much fulfillment, satisfaction, and value do you get from an expenditure compare to the life energy spent?
2) How is this expenditure aligned with your values and purpose?
3) How would this expenditure change if you no longer had to work?
It is a good reminder for me that for each purchase we are trading my time (life energy) in return for whatever we are buying. It reminds me to stay focused on our financial freedom goal and reexamine that what we think we really need vs what is a nice to have. I can think of several purchases over the past year that wouldn't make it past this mental checkpoint.
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