Generous on people, frugal on things

I’ve been wanting a 3D printer for years. The model I’m looking to purchase is around 10k. 

While I technically have the means to afford it, it also means adding another “thing” in my life. There will be a mental burden to get the most out of it, and there will be guilt if I end up not using it as much. 

Whenever I consider purchasing something for myself, there is always a lot to consider. I’m very frugal when it comes to things.

On the other hand, dining out with family or friends, particularly in larger groups, can easily reach the same cost. In those cases, I don’t even hesitate to cover the bill.

The key difference is I’m spending on people.

I feel like time spent together is always worth it, regardless of the cost.

This phrase encapsulates my general approach to spending: generous on people, frugal on things

There are other ways I try to be generous on people:

  • Always giving tip for any service, knowing that an unexpected extra income might help to the person that served me
  • Gifting things for people that has the potential to make their lives better
  • Appreciate people helpful to me and/or my family
  • Giving when opportunity of kindness presents itself

Related: Fill your cup and let it overflow around you

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