7 Things You Will Never Regret Spending Money On

I think a lot of people equate being a minimalist to being frugal. While this may be the case for some people (after all, there is no one size fits all rule for minimalism), my own personal brand of minimalism is less about not spending and more about intentional spending.

For example, I may have kicked my mindless shopping habit, but I am not afraid to spend money on things that bring me joy or add value to my life. After all, minimalism is not about sitting in an empty house, counting your possessions and your pennies; it’s about finding time and money to do more of what you love.

Here are seven things I never regret spending money on; let me know in the comments if you agree or if not, what is on your list?!

Minimalism isn't about frugality; instead it's about intentional spending. Here are the things I think are worth investment - what's on your list?

GOOD QUALITY FOOD

For me, food is one of the great joys in life. There is nothing I love more than a truly amazing meal (be it eating the best noodles in the world on the streets of Chiang Mai or dining at Mamasan in Bali – hands down one of my favourite restaurants in the world.)

It’s about quality over quantity, whether you’re eating out or cooking at home. In my kitchen, I have a simple eating philosophy, which means I splurge on grass-fed beef or Tasmanian cheese (drool) but I forgo freezer meals or prepackaged snacks. (And if you can support small, local businesses at the same time, it’s a huge bonus!)

SERVICES THAT IMPROVE YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE

When you spend money on services, you are buying time (the one thing everyone says you can’t buy!). I don’t believe you have to ‘DIY’ everything; if you really hate housework, hire a cleaner. If you’re not getting results at the gym, hire a personal trainer. If you desperately need some time to yourself, hire a nanny.

I know that services are sometimes expensive, but it’s about looking at your values and prioritising your spending. You might be surprised at what you can afford.

QUALITY ITEMS THAT SERVE A PURPOSE

Comfortable shoes that you wear season after season. A handcrafted kitchen knife made to last. A leather tote you’ve been using since university (for me, that’s a long time now!).

I’m talking about well made, quality items that serve a distinct purpose in your life. I had a pair of denim Levis shorts that I lived in for twelve years and they only just fell apart. I mourned them (boo hoo) but it was also incredibly satisfying to actually wear something out and then replace them (and actually, I’m still holding out for the perfect pair).

In today’s disposable society, there is something deeply gratifying about knowing you’ve made a good, quality purchase!

LEARNING NEW THINGS

I love learning new things (it’s one of my core values and if I’m not learning, I’m not happy). While everyone’s values are different, I truly believe that investing in learning is investing in yourself.

I’ve done online courses (where I learned tons about blogging), adult education courses (I learned to sew and paint), and I’ve done single day programs (like learning traditional weaving in Guatemala!).

I’ve also spent money on books, travel, and conferences; all experiences that have helped expand my mind. When I learn new things, it’s not always about the skills I learn (although of course, they help), but it’s also about how I feel about myself. Learning makes me feel confident and proud of myself, something that money can’t buy.

A HOBBY THAT BRINGS YOU JOY

My husband is a ‘natural minimalist’; he had no problem moving to Australia with nothing more than a backpack and even after living here for several years has hardly any possession.

… Except he has a record collection. And he loves it. When we aren’t travelling, he’s always playing records, cleaning his records, reading about records or even just staring at his records. (He may kill me for sharing that, but it’s true!) It’s clear that his records bring him a lot of joy.

I may tease him, but I’ve never once looked at his collection and thought it was a waste of money because I see the smile it puts on his face.

TRAVEL + UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

If you’re a regular reader (or even if you’ve just had a quick look around) it’s probably pretty clear to you that travel is a huge priority in my life.

Travel is a great teacher; you learn about the world and also a lot about yourself. It’s also incredibly fun – and this leads to wonderful memories that, as time passes, only further enrich your life (unlike many material purchases, which weight us down with time).

Taking this one step further, when I’m travelling I always try and find room in my budget for special experiences, like hot air ballooning in Turkey (mind-blowing) or more recently trekking in Northern Thailand. Spending a little extra on quality operators can take your trip to a whole new level!

GIFTS + CHARITY

Last but certainly not least, I never regret being generous. Once I learned to give without expectation of anything in return, I found the true joy in giving.

I’m not a big holiday person, but I love to surprise friends and family just because I’m thinking of them or when they are not expecting it. (It’s easier to give meaningful gifts this way, because instead of feeling last-minute pressure to just ‘find something’, I buy things when I come across them.)

I also believe that giving to charity is important. Even when I’m travelling, I always make sure I’m donating on a monthly basis (after all, if I can afford to travel then surely I can afford to support a worthwhile cause).

Imagine what would happen if everyone helped out, even in a small way? Money donated to charity always feels like money well spent to me.

(I currently support the UNHCR Refugee Agency and World Vision, but everyone has their own causes, choose what speaks to your heart.)

What are your thoughts? What do you never regret spending money on? Let me know in the comments! x

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36 thoughts on “7 Things You Will Never Regret Spending Money On”

  1. Hi Jennifer. I love your blog, it’s gorgeous! I totally agree with the Learning new things. Even though I cannot bring myself to spend money in some areas in my life, I have no trouble spending money to learn things

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  2. I finally got a chance to check out your blog, Jennifer, and I’m loving it!! I completely agree with this! I’m starting to buy more pricey, quality items that will last a long time, but I admit that I still love the cheap $10 shirts that last a season.

    And p.s. – before I started traveling, I had a makeup collection that i loved just looking at… so I totally get your husband ;).

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  3. I love this list. I especially agree with quantity over quality. People think I like buying expensive things, but what they don’t realise is that a £80 pair of shoes will last me longer than a £10 pair. I also think anything that improves your mind – classes, podcasts, books, apps – is ALWAYS worth the money. Thanks for sharing the post – was definitely having the same thoughts this week!

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  4. Yes! I agree with you completely. I always say I don’t set budgets because I just spend money on what’s good value to me. I don’t spend much on clothes but spend on travel. I had my iPhone 4 for years and years and was happy to spend the money on a new one when it broke recently, but I wouldn’t spend it until it actually wore out. I’d rather spend that money on food, yoga and hotels but not everyone would. I agree its all about spending on what’s important and good value to you.

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    • Hi Joella! I’m the same about budgets – I use to need them (although they rarely worked) but now that I’m in a better headspace about values and spending I don’t find I need it. Same as you – I just bought a new laptop without blinking an eye, but my old one was a very outdated netbook from 2008 (that cost less than $300 new then!) It finally died so this time I just got what I really wanted. Anyway – thanks for the comment and for stopping by! x

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    • Hi Catherine, thanks for stopping by! YES!!! Good food is my weakness, glad I’m not alone 🙂 So true about friends and family … and when you’re really lucky you can mix all three (food + adventure + friends!!) I went to Bali earlier this year with some of my lovely food friends and spent a fortune but it was sooooo worth it.

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  5. Yes to everything on this list! I love the saying ‘less stuff but better stuff’. It’s also better for the environment when you invest in something that lasts over many years versus having to replace it year after year. A good pair of winter boots was one of the best investments I’ve made, especially being from Canada 🙂

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