“After months of lockdown it was so nice to go out for coffee with a friend this morning”, said Sue as we started our coaching session.
Sue had previously identified that she perhaps was spending too much ‘eating out’ because it is a common part of her socialising.
Having just come out of restrictive lockdown in Melbourne I suspected I was about to hear a ‘blow-out’ confession. Who wouldn’t want to order one of everything? haha
I wasn’t expecting what Sue said next.
“My friend asked if I wanted to grab some brunch too, and I said ‘no’.
Normally I would’ve automatically said ‘yes’, but I reflected that what was meaningful about this experience was the connection with my friend, not the food.
I realised I could save the $23 and put it toward my goals that are more important, like my holiday.”
Boom! That is the art of getting more life out of your money by swapping forgettable spending for memorable spending.
If you want to save money on dining then ask yourself:
- What part of dining-out gives me the most buzz?
- How could I get that part of the buzz in another way that costs less?
Then boost your buzz by consciously putting the money you save toward affording something that really matters to you.
In that way you improve your quality of life for no extra cost.
Sound good? Give it a try.