Alexandru Huțu: Experience Life

At the beginning of this year, one of the goals I’ve set for myself was to carefully track and manage all my expenses. Every penny I spend now goes into an app on my phone; this has truly been a great incentive to spend less.

When I go to the supermarket or the corner shop, I have a shopping list with me and I stick to that most of the time. I only buy what I need and nothing more. In short, I’ve become quite frugal—parsimonious, if you will.

A couple of weeks ago, some friends were going out and they asked me to join them. At first, I thought that I shouldn’t go, because I would end up spending quite a lot of money on who knows what—drinks, ticket to go ice-skating, cab ride if I’m too lazy to take the bus. Ten minutes after messaging them with some lame excuse for not going, something hit me. The whole point of saving and not buying crap is to be able to afford experiences. I was going to miss out on a great time with my friends just because I figured I would spend too much. In the end, it turned out to be a great night and I barely spent any money.

In truth, I have acquired the self-control needed to abstain from unnecessary expenses. Thus, my travel fund is growing at a much faster rate and I always have the comfort of knowing I have some money put aside for whatever might come my way.

There are a plethora of places I want to visit and I would never be able to do that if I would buy every new iteration of every device or video game that catches my eye. On top of that, those material purchases would only bring me temporary, “false” happiness and fulfilment, while an experience such as travel or a fun night with my friends would create exciting memories that I could hold on to for a long time.