Saving money makes you a better person in so many ways and some of them you probably already know. Numerous studies have shown that people who save their money are smarter than the ones who waste it, they are more sympathetic to other people’s needs, spend more time with at home than around town and clean their homes more often.
Needless to say, these are all great things, but there are also a few downsides:
- People who save money are more interested in the price than the quality of that product
- They can’t enjoy great vacations because they don\t think they can afford it.
- They’re the least people to borrow you money since they don’t really know when they’ll get it back.
But let’s talk about the good things now because they are more numerous and dare we say flattering. Without further ado, these are the reasons that make money-saving people better persons:
1. Saving money makes you more responsible and mature
How? Well, for starters you start thinking ahead not just about money, but also about your personal life: you really start being more practical about your relationships, your family, the way you spend your holidays, go on vacations, interact with friends or go out to dinner. Also, you stop over-analyzing things because that is not productive and you know how to manage every resource that you have on your hands.
2. You become more optimistic about life
And not only because you know how counter-productive pessimism is. It’s also because you know just how much money to spend in order to have a great life, so you go looking for those moments that are adorable and beautiful but don’t cost a thing. You like to look at life as if it were a small business that never fails: invest when and what you can, take as much as possible and enjoy all the pranks around the office!
3. You value your little moments a lot more
All those little moments that made you who you are today are valued a lot more if you’re a person who saves money and here’s why: just like a couponer who comes home with a huge load of groceries purchased for only $15, stands in from of the pile and feels good about themselves, the same you look back at your life and become proud of the outcome. However, you are less nostalgic than other people, because of your sharp pragmatism, but that doesn’t make you cold or insensitive.
4. You become a true price-scouter
Which is great for your family, because you can afford to buy more items for the same price. Needless to say, that really comes in handy around holidays. But the real idea here is that, unlike other people, you realize that money is… just money and that the world doesn’t revolve around it, fortunately. You are not like other people who look up the priciest item to buy. Ever seen a lady spending thousands of dollars on shoes and wondered “Hey, what’s wrong with this $25 pair of shoes?” If you have, you know what we meant. You see things for what they are: things. Not life goals.
5. You get better at math
Yes, you can now calculate percentages, discounts, deals, sales, your kids’ school grades, the calories in a bag of chips or peanuts and so many other things. Scientists say that being good at math makes you less emotional, more practical, less likely to cry, more trust-worthy, confident, science-oriented (so no more believing in tarot cards, witches, zombies and so on). If that doesn’t make you a better person, we don’t know what does!
6. Your home gets a lot cleaner
Why? Because you sell old things and only buy things you absolutely need. You’re used to make money off of every single old items and therefore organize rummage sales, yard sales, garage sales quite often. No more rusted junk laying around, no more dented pots crowding the garage (you know what we’re talking about, for sure!).
7. You get more organized
Of course you do, because you need to know where everything is, from your vacuum cleaner to your garbage bags, your needle and thread case and the list goes on. How does that make you a better person? Well, by turning you into a role model for your kids. If you haven’t seen toys laying around in a while, it’s because kids imitate what they see at home, so congrats! Also, your friends and neighbors will notice this and see you in a different light.
8. You enjoy your free time a lot more
Because you’re well aware of your working hours, how much effort you put in them and so on. Therefore, spending time with the family is precious. This is how you should look at things: I have two days off work, I get paid this much for every work day, so my free time on weekends is worth this much.
If that is the case, watching trash TV is kind of counter-productive, isn’t it? If time is truly precious and you know this, which is why you try going on small vacations with your spouse/family. And frankly, this is the kind of people that every country needs, no matter where you’re from.
9. You eat healthier
Less and healthier, that’s the way to do it. Cheap snacks are actually more expensive than people think, on the long term: think about the gain weight and the effort you’ll have to put into losing it, the diseases (gastritis, ulcer), the medical bills, the unaesthetic look of your skin (let’s just stop here). Don’t buy a big bag of chips, try an apple.
Don’t go for a hamburger, try a cheese and tomato sandwich instead. But you already know this. Most people who interested in saving money neglect this part and only buy the cheapest food, also translated by the most unsanitary food. We honestly hope you are not one of those people. But down the potato chips, the cheese puffs, the caramels, the candy canes, the gummy bears and the Oreos. Right now!
10. You work out more
Why? Because working out at home or at the park is for free: it doesn’t cost you a dime and you get in shape. Plus, all you need is a workout buddy to encourage you to do it, especially if you think people are going to stare at you and so on. But you knew that already. You enjoy cycling, walking, jogging and going to the gym every now and then.
Someone once said that you don’t get what you wish for, you get what you work for. So true! Oh and here’s a fun way to exercise: put some music on your phone, wear a pair of headphones and start dancing at home when no one is looking. Do this for 30 minutes every day and you should be able to lose 8 pounds a month! It’s all about being bald and stubborn enough to stick to a routine.
Even if you don’t check all these points, saving money is still helping you be a better person. If you see couponers obsessed with having more than with living a good life, please know that this is not the way to do it: you went to the grocery shop and stocked up on everything you need for a while? Good, now go looking for the best offers on vacations, home decor, furniture, clothing, accessories. That’s how you do things and save money!