I thought for a bit of balance after my last post about 5 things I don’t do, I should point out the 5 very-not-frugal things that I do actually do that many in the PF world might frown upon.
1. We do pay a subscription fee for Spotify.
Before Spotify, the husband would purchase CDs. So Spotify is actually cheaper than CDs especially because our music taste ranges quite widely. We tried to just use free Spotify for a bit but the ads were very quickly grating on our nerves. I probably could have dealt with it but the husband doesn’t even like it when the hosts talk on radio. He wants pure music. As a musician myself, I do feel that I should be respecting my fellow musicians and paying for their hard work. We don’t pay for Netflix, thanks to a generous friend so this is the only subscription plan we have.
2. We do own a Thermomix and an air-fryer.
We did think for an awfully long time about both. The Thermomix was thought about for around 5 years and the air-fryer about 4 years. We love to cook and cooking from scratch doesn’t faze us. We already had all these different gadgets that could technically do what a Thermomix could do. (Blender, food processor, kitchenaid, stove etc). So it wasn’t till we went through a few months where life got so hectic we couldn’t muster up the energy to cook and were eating crap just to survive that I told my husband “Let’s just get a demo done.” We have never looked back since.
Time is money, and the time saved by these two items in my kitchen have been tremendous. The plus side to it was that we got to declutter the kitchen of any gadgets that doubled up in functionality and we gained a whole heap of space back. Except the KitchenAid, I can’t let go of my KA. So yes, the investment is great, the price tag was questionable for what may look like a heated blender on the surface, but ultimately, it was the best investment I’ve made in my entire cooking life. (I’m not trying to sell it to you, I just love this darn thing so much.)
3. We do love gaming and our boardgame collection is terrifying.
We did up a database of all our boardgames recently for insurance purposes as some of what we have are limited editions and hard to obtain editions. The total value of all our boardgames made me fall off the chair. All I can say is, I am glad that we did majority of our collection building while we didn’t have our PF hat on, or this collection would never be here right now. We still purchase boardgames now but that doesn’t happen as a regular occurrence now because we are a lot more specific with what we want.
Let’s just say that we are quickly approaching the mid 100s in terms of number of boardgames and with boardgames averaging around $80 or so…. you do the maths.
We do have a console collection too and are also PC gamers, but nothing beats our boardgame collection.
4. We do love fine-dining, degustations and tasting menus, or good food in general.
Early in my PF life, I read somewhere that eating out was merely a social construct and that it was completely unnecessary, making it 100% wasteful while trying to pursur FIRE. I’m not sure I agree because I also believe that there is more to life than a single goal of FIRE.
Other than boardgames, we collect culinary experiences. How the food smells, taste, looks… these are all important to us. Where possible, we talk to chefs, to restaurant owners and learn what it is that they are trying to share with their food. This is probably the byproduct of when I ran a professional food blog but doing that really cultivated my love for culinary skill and good food.
We do fine-dining/degustations maybe once or twice a year as it is definitely a huge expense. We don’t have paired wines because we don’t really drink and certainly can’t drink that much. Our honeymoon to Italy was a food pilgrimage as much as it was for my love of ancient history. We tend to take cooking classes while we are in a new country and use things like bonappetour to meet locals to really get into the actual local fare instead of the touristy restaurants. Our biggest dream right now is to dine at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck. (We missed out on the ballot when it was here, sadface.) And if ever I needed just one reason for FIRE, being able to travel the world, discover and learn more about food would be that reason.
Anyways, I digress.
5. We do have a dryer and use it often.
Yes, I know the sun does an excellent job. I actually prefer the sun, but we are often not home to put clothes out, and I would rather not have clothes potentially getting rained on while we are out. I do what I can on the weekends, but my husband hates putting the washing out and insist on the dryer. I’m usually only home after 5pm which is when the washing gets done, so the dryer does come on more than I’d like.
We all have our vices and what is life without our little pleasures in life? Some of the things on this list does cost us big bucks. But as Strong Money Australia said, you need to weigh up what is worth trading your money/freedom for. And these are some of what we think is worth it, and are happy to trade our freedom for.
Your turn! What are your vices / habits that would make a PF blogger cringe?