1. Haha yes, some good stuff here. We do (or don’t do) most of these things also. Movies when something good is on, maybe once a year.
    I’m still rocking the iphone 4 I think it is. What’s that 4-5 years old? Not a bad machine. It’s a hand-me-down too.
    I don’t upgrade my car every 3 years, as is the norm. We’ve got a 17 year old Holden Commodore that does the job, and a scooter my partner used to get to work.
    We don’t use the air-con day and night, as is the norm. We use it only in summer and only at night so we can sleep. No heating necessary. That’s what clothes and blankets are for 🙂

    • pia

      Seriously, there is a norm to change cars every 3 years? Wow! My car was purchased first hand straight from the showroom because I was young and my parents didn’t trust me to pick out a 2nd hand car that wasn’t going to break down every 2 steps. It’s almost 10 years old and still serves me well – I can’t imagine replacing it anytime soon!

      I used to be alright with no heater, but since losing a ton of weight, I can’t seem to get warm even with clothes/multiple quilts and blankets/tea etc. So this winter I gave up when my teeth were chattering and just put the heater on. The bill was shit but I did try my best to get warm every other way and nothing worked!

      I’m impressed your iphone4 is still working – my last iphone lasted 2 years on the dot and promptly died! I was so disgusted I swapped to android phones, haha.

      • 10 years and counting? That’s great! I’ve thought about doing that, getting a new car and attempting to keep it forever.

        I have absolutely no proof of the 3 year car rule… but looking around, people don’t seem to be driving old cars like mine. And from people we know or used to see at work, always someone getting a new car, and it’s never an old one!

        Haha poor thing! If your teeth are chattering, then it’s definitely time to blast the heater 🙂

  2. Yeah, movies for us as well. Like SMA, we might head once a year. I just don’t feel like I’m getting value for money, and I hate it now that they make you buy tickets from the food counter, or charge you extra to pre-order and print from the machine!

    “We want to be eating for the purpose of exploration, appreciation and passion.” I love this! We went to a new restaurant on the weekend, that cost us a fortune. However, the food, atmosphere and service was all amazing. We tried some dishes we’d never eaten before. It was an experience that was worth the money to us.

    I do buy dips and hummus, and we do have a family lotto syndicate. I don’t mind the small amount of money it costs, and we generally put any winnings towards family Christmas dinner.

    One thing I don’t do is buy coffees any more. It’s such an easy, convenient thing to do, and I see coworkers buying every single day. I’m not judging, because to me it’s a small pleasure and if we weren’t going for FI it’s probably something I would return to!

    • pia

      Whaaaat? They make you buy tickets from the food counter!? I guess that’s a ploy for you to look at those goodies and go “hmmm I want that too.”

      And yes, definitely. We have definitely gone from buying material goods with money to buying experiences. So much more worth it, I think. I do believe this is what they call mindfulness? Just being mindful with your consumption really.

      I have heard of lotto syndicates. It seems to be more of a social thing than a real want to gamble, but do correct me if I’m wrong? I was asked to be part of a footy tipping one when I was working in the country but again I think that was more of a social thing. My risk appetite for anything outside of investment seems to be pretty low, haha.

      And yes, coffees. Ever since being shocked by the $6 hot chocolate I had some months ago that I blogged about, I have never once got my taste back for them. But I think life is also too short – so if that is what brings you joy then indulge in it, such as I do with my love for degustations and fine dining. (If only we could do that every week!! Alas, it is once a year for us but that makes it all the more so special)

      • Yep, it’s a total ploy. It’s so annoying, firstly because I know they are manipulating people, secondly because it takes so darned long to serve food and all I want to buy is a ticket. The queues are so much longer now.

        The lotto syndicate is totally a social thing, just like footy tipping or Melbourne Cup sweeps at work (neither of which I do any more.)

        Degustation – we love them! It’s even better if we are staying within walking distance of the restaurant so we can do the full paired with alcohol 😋

  3. J @ Hey, It's Just Money!

    We also do not do most of these things, except for buying lottery tickets. I think it just became a habit for us. Movie tickets are ridiculous! And yes, they do sell it at the popcorn/lollies section now. We only go to the movies when we can find $10 tickets or when someone gives us free tickets. Other than that, we’d rather stay at home and watch Netflix.

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