What are my priorities?

Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out how living frugally meshes with the idea of living my best life. I truly believe that living simply and attaining financial independence is our best bet to getting more out of life. But just how far do I slash my budget before my quality of life decreases too much to make it worth it?

Within our current budget, my partner and I each have about $300 per month to do with as we please.  But for some reason, I find myself questioning how I could be smarter with that money, too.

I know we live a pretty frugal life already, but somehow I still feel guilty for buying my lunch or a cup of coffee. Why? It makes me happy. I don’t do it every day. I’m comfortable with the rate I’m paying off my loans and how much we’re saving.

Somehow I feel like eating my money is extra irresponsible. But is it really?

Buying my coffee or my lunch saves me time. It makes me a little less stressed, and it makes me feel like I’m taking care of myself. When I frame it like that, it doesn’t feel like such a luxury. It feels totally reasonable.

It all comes down to knowing myself and what my priorities are. If I buy a cup of coffee every day for a week, chances are I won’t be able to buy a new top over the weekend. If I buy my lunch two days in a row, I might not be able to go grab drinks with my friends.

And ultimately, I’m okay with that. I’m okay with skipping brunch and watching Netflix. I’m okay with going for a hike instead of going to the movies. And I don’t need to feel bad about those choices because they’re true to who I am and what I value.

Basically, as long as you’ve figured out how much you can afford, don’t feel guilty about blowing your extra cash on whatever you want to! Fancy new shoes? Dope. Succulent planting class? Kill it. Avocado toast? Hell. Yes.