A couple of years ago I used to eat cereal for lunch every day. My co-workers thought I was insane but I was in the process of saving up for a house and, with my meager salary, every dollar counted! All in all, I would say that lunch costs me around $1.25 a day; not bad for a filling, healthy meal, right?
Fast forward to present time and I am scratching my head trying to figure out how I am making more than I was making then yet have less money around. Oh right, I bought a house. Even then, it shouldn't be this difficult to save some money. The problem is I don't have that "gazelle like intensity" because there's nothing that I really want right now, nothing that I can't just buy, and certainly nothing worth going back to eating cereal for lunch...
Until now... Maybe.
Check out this leather jacket.
It is made of leather that feels like butter and it fits me really well (aside from the sleeves being too long). It originally costs an insane amount of money but I have the opportunity to get it for $125. It's a mere fraction of its original cost but it's a lot of money for me. Besides, I already spent $150 on a new winter coat... and I'm broke from all the Holiday spending... and Michael and I both agreed that this is the year we're going to live in poverty to save up as much money as possible. I mean, we have to buy new floors and our house isn't even fully furnished yet!
But... It's a really nice jacket... And it's a jacket that I will have until the day I die. My finance will rebound regardless of if I get this jacket or not; this jacket will not be around for long.
So, that's where the cereal comes in. Let's say that eating cereal for lunch equals... mmm... a $5 savings. That would mean that I would have to eat cereal for lunch, every day I work, for five weeks straight! Is that jacket worth 25 days of eating cereal? Yeah... I don't know...