I don’t really buy nice things. Except when I do.
Here’s where my money tends to go:
- Events—shows, trips
- Tech (which are usually business expenses)
I’d love a Tesla as much as the next American. But if I had $1m to get a new car, I’d still probably get a used 2016 Honda Civic. Paid in full.
In short, I don’t care about “living luxuriously.” I don’t have an Instagram. Humbly bragging about my income on this blog is all the dopamine I need.
There’s a piece of advice from Tim Ferriss that’s stayed with me over the years:
For things you use on a daily basis, bite the bullet and pay for high quality.
I figured a week of Covid isolation was the perfect time to invest in these things. My mid-grade mattress was super firm and I was waking up several times a month with neck and back pain. My old wired earbuds were itchy and didn’t keep the noise out.
Were these purchases absolutely 100% necessary? No.
But my God am I happy with them.
I melt into this new mattress. I’m wearing these headphones right now. I can’t even hear my fingers type on the keyboard. They keep the world away and I’ve never felt more focused.
The best thing? Both these items will hopefully last me several years. I don’t have to think about them for a while.
The next plan is to buy a new desk and desk chair when I move to NYC. Stay tuned.