I just love everyone's responses! It's so funny what triggers that **thing** that says, "You are well cared for and financially OK." I love how simple some of them can be.
Little things that make you feel rich - Page 5
Being able to buy whatever we want (organic, free range, fair trade, fresh etc.) at the grocery store
Leaving a tip at the restaurant (it's not expected or commonly done here)
Giving money to charity or a beggar
Having very little possessions, but high quality things I really enjoy using
this resonates with me.
I love to save and save until I am able to purchase something that I have desired for a long time. It makes me love it every time I use it or look at it.
An espresso (made at home) every morning.
Being able to eat, and feed my children, organic food. And being able to create delicious food from scratch from these products.
Snuggling into our warm beds on a chilly night.
Hearing my DD or DS singing and laughing.
Time together as a family.
A beautiful serving bowl to present to my family the night's dinner. It's a big nice change from serving straight out of the cooking pot, and it just adds a sense of formality and beauty and comfort to the meal. I took the time to cook the nutritious meal, and it seems to increase the value of the meal, and it also brings everyone to the table to serve themselves out of it.
When I was a penniless student - having a nice smelling shower gel from aveda made me feel rich. And my really nice knives that I saved for (I still have them 10 years later).
Now that I'm out of school and finally have a well paying job - I feel rich being able to not worry about splurging on groceries, and walking into a store and buying a new item of clothing for full price just because you fell in love with it. I used to be a master sale shopper.
Most everything I have read I have found myself saying "mmhmm, yup" ...well outside of the riding in first class while dining with silverware, still waiting for that rich moment : )
When I am able to buy food that I want. Pastured butter, organic milk & eggs, killer half and half. Totally feels good.
When the house is clean. It's a rental, & feels impossible to clean, but I have learned to keep it as tidy as possible for my own happiness.
Not seeing ants or spiders marching across the walls. Rich in comfort indeed.
Also, taking little adventures, spending $ frivolously, even if we are broke when we get home, that makes me feel good.
When we can have our family over for dinner and they don't have to bring the main course.
Thanks for the thread, made my afternoon.
A tidy, decluttered house (why simplicity makes me feel rich is beyond me, except that maybe I associate financial struggles with stress, clutter, and mismatched stuff?)
A full pantry
Being able to pay the bills on time
Real maple syrup
Having multiples of hairbrushes, chapstick, nail clippers, tweezers, keys, etc, so I can find them when I need them!
Our woodstove = warmer house without breaking the bank on oil
Dishwasher and clothes dryer
Shower (I grew up without one)
Wine and chocolate
I came back to add:
multiple pillows on my bed
matching sheets and pillowcases
Edited by worthy - 4/3/12 at 4:47am
These two really resonate with me. I grew up on the edge of poverty, never having enough and my mom let the depression of it all drag her down until our house was in horrible chaos. PIles of crap everywhere, stacks and stacks of junk, nothing ever tidy or put away. And the constant dread of bill collectors calling. Bills could never be paid on time, heck we could never even find them under all the stuff piled everywhere.
I think this is why I am so hyper-organized about bill paying now. I budget and watch our money so very carefully. I count myself wealthy when I sit down to quietly pay my bills on time in my tidy house. We may live lean some months, but the time is not stressful. I think the lack of stress is a richness in my life beyond measure.
Edited by Ruthiegirl - 4/2/12 at 6:17am
Having money left over when the bills are paid..
Having enough food that we can feed ourselves and still have food in the fridge/pantry.. This is HUGE for me.. Growing up we didn't know where our next meal was coming from at times so I get stressed when we run low on food. My husband seems to understand and doesn't mind that I have a few "extra" meals on hand. I, also, feel pretty great when I can throw together a meal and take it to a friend who needs it.
When I can splurge and get my children something they don't NEED but really WANT..
The fact we have enough in savings that when something does go wrong we can cover it.