Sometimes money makes me feel worried or stressed, and other times money makes me feel at ease, like when we have an emergency but are able to cover it due to our emergency fund.
Unfortunately, money affects everything in our lives, but most people don’t take the time to consider how every decision in their lives affects money.
From what we eat to what we drive (or even if we drive at all) and everything in between, money is usually one of the controlling factors in making these everyday decisions no matter if you realize it or not. Here are just a few ways that money affects everything in our lives.
I’m so grateful that I’m able to provide for all the necessities of my family, like food, clothing, shelter, and more, via my business. I know that I am lucky to be able to stay home with my kids during the day and still earn a good-sized income each month. Still, I really don’t consider it luck since it’s something I worked hard to achieve and anyone could achieve if they follow the same steps.
Even though I usually have a decent income each month, sometimes I stress about wether or not I’m bringing in enough money to provide for my family. Then I try to remind myself that my family is still able to pay for a lot of life’s luxuries that we could do without if times got really tough. There are plenty of people out there who are not able to pay for even the basic necessities of life no matter how hard they try to get ahead, so I know we’re fortunate to be in the position we’re currently in.
Spending Time with Loved Ones
Currently my little family lives in the Northeast and most of our extended family and friends live in the South. We aren’t able to see them as often as we’d like due to our crazy and hectic schedules, but also due to our finances. Travel can be quite expensive and therefore we aren’t able to travel to see our families as often as we’d like, but we are still lucky to be able to see them via FaceTime and even in person more often than some people. Being self-employed via my online business means I can work anywhere with a reliable Internet connection, so at least if and when we do travel I am still able to keep my business afloat while we are gone. The downside of this is that it can be difficult to unplug from my email and other communications at times to really enjoy our time away.
As I said before, my family budgets so that we’re able to set aside some money in our monthly budget for things that aren’t truly necessities, but things we enjoy. Some of our extras include paying for a gym membership, help with our kids, and an occasional date night. We don’t have enough for a lot of luxuries, and we’ve definitely cut down on going out to eat and spending on entertainment, but we are still able to pay for extras from time to time.
Ultimately, money isn’t everything in life, but when you don’t have enough of it I’m sure it can feel that way. Even though my husband and I have enough to go around each month, we still spend a lot of time thinking about and even talking about money. We want to make sure we are using our money to the best of its ability to provide for our family and pay for the things we value the most in life. Essentially money affects everything we do, and how much money I make each month affect what we’re able to do moving forward.
How does money affect your life?