But what if the pundits are wrong? What if you really should use it, rather than save it?
Case in point: a fine box of chocolates. It was Aunt Ethel’s birthday present to you, and a welcome one at that. You love chocolates, and these will be great. Just not now. You stash them away for a rainy day.
Six months later, you find the box of chocolates. Perfect – now’s the time to savor that rich flavor! You blow the dust off the box, open it:
And the chocolates are not only discolored, but stale.
Any kind of food luxury has a limited shelf life, especially frozen goodies. The steak gets freezer-burned; the lobster or salmon tastes dull and bitter when kept in the back for months. If you’re going to purchase these foods (on sale, of course), why not eat them sooner, and enjoy their flavor!
Fresh fruit is even more fragile. Sure, enjoy the sight of those apples or pomegranates piled in a bowl – but they’re meant to be peeled and eaten. Letting them spoil, even a little bit, only bumps up the price-per-pound you originally paid. Eat them now; you won’t regret it.
It’s not just food, either. Take that trip, while your health is still good. (Sure, plan for it, save for it – but do it.) Build the deck…buy the season tickets. Save for them a bit at a time, or take on extra work, and you’ll benefit not only now, but for months to come.
It’s not always a bad thing to spend it, use it, enjoy it – and do it now.