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A decade ago, women rushed to get their hands on a copy of French Women Don’t Get Fat. Get the secret to staying slim without giving up bread, cheese, chocolate or wine?! Oh, my! The gist of the read was that enjoying small, but satisfying, portions of great quality food prevented our svelte sisters from feeling deprived. Feeling satisfied then led to smarter overall food choices and a slim physique.
A similar Joie de Vivre approach to your spending could help create a healthier and more satisfying financial life. Yes, we mean it. Splurging on that Tory Burch bag, opting for the NutriBullet blender or savoring a monthly massage may feel so good that you stick with your other important financial priorities. As long as your financial house is in order, channel your inner Cookie Lyon. Want what you want and don’t feel guilty about using your discretionary funds to indulge on a weekend getaway or those Manolos you’ve been eyeing.
Wondering from where these “discretionary funds” are going to come? Chances are, you’re already spending 10-30% of your income on wants. Think cable, dinners out, gym memberships. Just take a closer look at your spending and prioritize to maximize your satisfaction. Mmm, that was good.