Money is always a game of juggling your priorities. I became extra aware of it this weekend when I was talking with my father about my aging and ailing Toyota Prius. The trunk doesn’t open on my Prius. The latch broke a couple of months ago and my father asked me why I hadn’t had it fixed yet. And I blathered something about not having time and money. But then I realized that fixing the trunk just wasn’t my priority right now. I find the time and money to go see my favorite bluegrass bands. I always find the time and money to enjoy dinner out at my favorite brewpub on Friday nights. I have the time and money to take a class every semester to work toward an academic goal. It’s just not that important to me to be able to open the trunk on my Prius. I will get it fixed eventually. But it’s pretty easy for me to work around for now, so I just haven’t made it a priority.
I guess the tricky part with money is defining your priorities and making sure they’re not out of balance. Making bluegrass festivals more important than repairing the broken trunk latch on a car that is otherwise fine isn’t a problem. Making dinner out at the brewpub more important than paying the rent is a HUGE problem. It’s a matter of making sure your NEEDS are met before you start throwing money at your WANTS. And then you can decide how you are going to prioritize those wants.
I want to get my trunk repaired. I just don’t want it more than I want concert tickets. At least not this week.