I don’t know what it is but people of my generation (Millennial) seem to complain a lot about not having money and yet have money for:
- Fancy cellphones
- Fancy nails/hair/makeup
- New outfits (even if they’re cheap pieces)**
- Hair dye – wild or not
- Fancy coffees and snacks
- Designer sunglasses
… And then I realized it is because it is stuff that is (comparably cheap*) little luxuries.
All of the above is pretty mainstream and accessible at around a $200 or lower price point.
*Comparing to let’s say splurging on a luxury car or something that actually does cost a lot of money.
**Speaking of cheap fast fashion I had some clothing left at his mother’s so I wouldn’t have to carry a lot and I tried to wear it but the H&M and Forever 21 CRAP just stretched out completely or in awkward places, making it weird to wear. Goes to show it isn’t worth it to waste even $10 on cheap crap.
I only just started noticing this when we went on vacation and saw similarly garbed and coiffed younger generations; but we couldn’t help wondering where they got the money to do all of that from.
My partner and his family says it is partly them living off the pension of their grandparents or the money of their parents which if you think about it, makes sense — those folks have had a lifetime to work and save up their cash and are indulging their loved ones with an allowance or what have you because as people age they just don’t seem to spend like they used to (if ever at all).
My partner’s mother gets about €3000 a month as a pension plan, and at best, uses half and has her own garden for food.
This is why when we visit, the fridges are STOCKED, and Baby Bun got at least 2-3 presents from just one visit.
The rest of the money?
It is just sitting there, collecting in a bank account and she may dip into it from time to time to go on a trip (she wants to visit us and take a plane for the first time in her life) and fix the house when it needs a new roof or something.
She is the epitome of frugal.
I can imagine if she had a grandchild living with her, that kid would get anything he or she wanted because she simply has the disposable income to spend on them.
It got me thinking about what my own small simple pleasures are and my list is more edible:
- Good loose leaf tea
- Matcha green tea
- Snacks when I go out
- Occasional meals especially vegan burgers from The Copper Branch
- Starbucks, as overpriced as it is
- Jewellery — although my “simple” pleasure cost rarely goes below $50 if ever
Then I just have actual pleasures — clothing, shoes, bags, electronics mostly.