So my husband and I often joke about what we call the “upgrade creep.” This is the idea of how easily you can begin to take everything to the next level. It is a gradual process; at least, it has been with us, occurring over the last six years.
Things that fall within the upgrade creap:
- Basic cable to digital cable with DVR
- Drug Store shampoo to salon shampoo, conditioner, and multiple styling products
- Splurging on expensive shoes
- Gap jeans to Lucky Jeans to Sevens for all Mankind
- Budlight to Blue Moon
- Take out three times a week instead of one
- Cellphone to Blackberry to iPhone?
Unfortunately, this upgrade creep can have an effect on your monthly expenses. A couple of months ago, my husband and I decided that we wanted to re-examine our luxuries. We promised that we would each give up two things that we could justify as being expendable. But we ran into a problem. We have become so accustomed to these little luxuries that neither one of us could determine what to get rid of. I thought it was an interesting exercise, to think about what you want versus what you really need.
I would say that we are still a work in progress, but certainly we are more aware of keeping the status quo and not continuing to “upgrade” everything.
Are there any Smarty readers out there who have gone through the same experience?