Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Didn't we almost have it all?

I am seeking some advice from my blog friends.  I hope you can provide some insight.

I'm finally, finally, in a place in my life where I'm not living paycheck to paycheck.  I put a comfortable amount of money in my savings every week, but that money, she's calling my name.

The sweetie and me, we've been talking a lot about priorities and what we want out of life.  Be both agree that Travel and Financial Security are at the top of the list.  

The problem is, that it doesn't seem possible to do both right now.  I'm still only in this apartment 5 months and there's a lot that I'd still like to do/buy.  This is where I spend 75% of my time and I'd like it to make me happy, not remind me of all that is lacking.

Then there is my measly savings.  I mean, what's all that business about having 3 months of expenses in savings?  What about owning a house or apartment some day?

Then there is the travel.  I'm itching to take a trip.  It's been 2 years since I've even gotten on a plane!  Isn't the key to being happy "just saying yes"?

How do you balance it all?  Do I really have to sacrifice life's smaller pleasures for the big picture?  How big is The Big Picture?

(P.S.  My camera finally crapped out.  It's 5 years old and it's about time, honestly.  Until I can buy a new one, it's cell phone photos for me.  Oh, so add that to the list of Stuff I Want To Spend Money on.)


Veronique said...

Don't ask me, I'm spending a big chunk of mu cash on daycare, so I'm back at square one! What about the obvious 401k or something for retirement?

margaret in manhattan said...

OK - here's my two cents: when I was your age, I didn't listen to Froggy, who said: don't spend all of the money - and now, I'm suffering for it, in a way - I can't retire, I have to work until I won't physically be able to any more, and then, if I'm lucky and Social Security still exists, I'll have to live on that. Save your money.