What lifestyle creep made you happier?

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ThankYouJack
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What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by ThankYouJack » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:43 pm

I'm curious for those who were able to make increase in their lifestyle, what things actually made you happier?

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by OnTrack2020 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:52 pm

SiriusXM
Am thinking about Netflix
Not flying coach

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by H-Town » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:54 pm

ThankYouJack wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:43 pm
I'm curious for those who were able to make increase in their lifestyle, what things actually made you happier?
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by pennywise » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:56 pm

ThankYouJack wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:43 pm
I'm curious for those who were able to make increase in their lifestyle, what things actually made you happier?
1. House cleaning help
2. Regular massages

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by KlangFool » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:58 pm

OP,

This cannot be considered as lifestyle creep since it fits within my annual expense:

A) My $1,700 foldable electric bicycle.

B) More expensive tea.

KlangFool

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by badger42 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:58 pm

House cleaning help
Paying for extra legroom on flights
House cleaning help
Amazon Prime, especially PrimeNow
House cleaning help
Amex Platinum
House cleaning help
A nice (US-made Titanium) bicycle

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by student » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:01 pm

Going to nice restaurants, going on vacations and not taking additional work assignments for pay.

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by arrieros81 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:02 pm

pennywise wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:56 pm
ThankYouJack wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:43 pm
I'm curious for those who were able to make increase in their lifestyle, what things actually made you happier?
1. House cleaning help
2. Regular massages
I was going to say Roomba made me happier. +1 on the massages as well.

Oh, and increasing the food budget.

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by bikechuck » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:03 pm

Sonos Speakers
Housekeeping help
Move to a courtyard home with laundry and Master on same floor
Moca Master coffee maker

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by runner540 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:03 pm

pennywise wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:56 pm
ThankYouJack wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:43 pm
I'm curious for those who were able to make increase in their lifestyle, what things actually made you happier?
1. House cleaning help
2. Regular massages
+1000 and dry cleaning delivery
Fitness classes
Theme: services!

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by SevenBridgesRoad » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:05 pm

Nice upgrade to my garage brewery: stainless steel everything, conical fermenters and glycol chiller, Chugger pumps, four-tap corny keg system and all-electric. One time costs, so not really an increase in monthly lifestyle. Happier? Oh, yeah.
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by Alexa9 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:05 pm

It's good to have nice things for the hobbies that I actually use a lot.
Home Gym: weight rack, barbell, bumper plates, cardio machines
Electronics: laptop, desktop, smartphone, surround sound stereo / home theater, headphones, DSLR camera
Vacation: rarely take one but when I do I like to go all out on a "once in a lifetime" type trip
Good food, alcohol, and cookware
Camping equipment
Nice furniture
Musical Instruments

Things I don't value as much as others: nice hotels, restaurants, expensive clothing, cars

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by squirm » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:05 pm

Home location - being away from people.

But not sure how this is actionable.
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by Elena » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:05 pm

KlangFool wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:58 pm
OP,

This cannot be considered as lifestyle creep since it fits within my annual expense:

A) My $1,700 foldable electric bicycle.

B) More expensive tea.

KlangFool
I am seriously itching for one, but since I will not be traveling with it I wonder whether I need the folding feature. Every time I read one of your posts, I hear my gut screaming "I want an electric bike to replace my car altogether!!!".
+1 to home location, 15 min. drive to work, smaller place, much more expensive per sq. f. than my old place. Best expensive decision.
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by AlphaLess » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:07 pm

ThankYouJack wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:43 pm
I'm curious for those who were able to make increase in their lifestyle, what things actually made you happier?
Two things: travel and helping.

Being able to travel without any consideration to cost has made me quite happy.

We are still unable to travel as much due to other issues: general health considerations as travel is very taxing on health, vacation time, and other commitments, the travel we do makes me very happy.

We travel business class, stay in the best hotels, eat in the best restaurants, do whatever activities we want, all pretty much without consideration to cost. However, we shop brutally for the best deals: that is, given what we want to do, when, at what quality, etc, we find the best prices.

One other thing: I am able to help less fortunate relatives.
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by AlphaLess » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:08 pm

badger42 wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:58 pm
House cleaning help
Paying for extra legroom on flights
House cleaning help
Amazon Prime, especially PrimeNow
House cleaning help
Amex Platinum
House cleaning help
A nice (US-made Titanium) bicycle
I forget: did you mention housecleaning help?
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by AlphaLess » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:09 pm

OnTrack2020 wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:52 pm
SiriusXM
Am thinking about Netflix
Not flying coach
Wait, you put Sirius/Netflix and NOT flying coach on the same level?
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by stoptothink » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:09 pm

Somewhat ridiculous garage gym - altogether, probably costed more than my wife's new car
Spotify (student, thanks to my wife) - I was using a decade old Ipod shuffle until 3 months ago

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by Hug401k » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:10 pm

To double down on what badger said:

Housecleaning help
Snow Plow help
Housecleaning help
A drivable beachfront vacation
Housecleaning help
A gas fireplace insert
Housecleaning help
Heat at a normal temp.
Remote car starter

Hmm. A lot seems related to surviving winter. Interesting. Apparently this is a problem for me.

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by SevenBridgesRoad » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:10 pm

AlphaLess wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:07 pm


One other thing: I am able to help less fortunate relatives.
Yes. This.
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by prairieman » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:11 pm

Paying for a snow-plowing service. I love coming down in the morning after a snowstorm and seeing my driveway and sidewalks already clean!

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by stoptothink » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:12 pm

Elena wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:05 pm
KlangFool wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:58 pm
OP,

This cannot be considered as lifestyle creep since it fits within my annual expense:

A) My $1,700 foldable electric bicycle.

B) More expensive tea.

KlangFool
I am seriously itching for one, but since I will not be traveling with it I wonder whether I need the folding feature. Every time I read one of your posts, I hear my gut screaming "I want an electric bike to replace my car altogether!!!".
+1 to home location, 15 min. drive to work, smaller place, much more expensive per sq. f. than my old place. Best expensive decision.
We've already built it into the budget, when we pay the house off (~3yrs) I am buying an electric fat bike. I walk/cycle 95% of the time now, hoping to get that to 99%.

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by AlphaLess » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:13 pm

Hug401k wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:10 pm
To double down on what badger said:

Housecleaning help
Snow Plow help
Housecleaning help
A drivable beachfront vacation
Housecleaning help
A gas fireplace insert
Housecleaning help
Heat at a normal temp.
Remote car starter

Hmm. A lot seems related to surviving winter. Interesting. Apparently this is a problem for me.
Hmm. Interesting. I live in one of the coldest cities in the US, but somehow those are not problems for me.

BTW: how much and how often does housecleaning cost?
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by Davinci » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:19 pm

Keurig coffee at work
Haircuts for dogs
Netflix
Amazon Prime
All Inclusive Vacations
" Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" Leonardo Da Vinci.

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by AlphaLess » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:21 pm

prairieman wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:11 pm
Paying for a snow-plowing service. I love coming down in the morning after a snowstorm and seeing my driveway and sidewalks already clean!
Mine is included in my housing costs!
Lifetime!
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by Silk McCue » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:21 pm

Being able to give generously without having to think about it. That gave me joy rather than happiness I would say.

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by sleepysurf » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:22 pm

Backroads bicycling vacations (4 thus far)
High end stereo system (with Martin Logan electrostatic speakers)
Trek Domane bike (carbon fiber frame)
Housecleaning help (currently missing it as former house cleaner retired)
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by Davinci » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:24 pm

Keurig coffee at work
Haircuts for dogs
Netflix
Amazon Prime
All Inclusive Vacations
" Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" Leonardo Da Vinci.

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by BusterMcTaco » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:29 pm

First/business class (when reasonably priced).
Good restaurants and bars.
Good wine.
Upper end hotels when traveling.
Using ride share instead of public transit.

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by wootwoot » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:34 pm

Luxury car. Driving around town in a high performance vehicle with great creature comfort makes my commute much more pleasurable.

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by WoodSpinner » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:36 pm

Buying a Class-B RV and using it for lots of travel

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by Saving$ » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:43 pm

1. Reading restaurant menus from left to right, instead of right to left...
2. Eating out at least once a week
3. Not worrying about cost when grocery shopping - If I want organic, expensive foods such as berries, etc. I buy it. Still compare unit prices for brand & size.
4. Taking a job based on best environment/culture/situation rather than best pay
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by Halicar » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:43 pm

It's been years since this has been an issue, but I remember when filling my gas tank all the way up was a rare and wonderful occasion. I'm grateful that it's now the norm.

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by Case59 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:43 pm

Traveling without schedule or agenda. More than once, I've walked into a train station in Italy, looked at the board for what's leaving in the next hour, and deciding, "I think I'll go ... there."
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by Nicolas » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:03 pm

Turned the temperature up to 72F during the day (still 61 at night though).

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by runner3081 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:07 pm

GPS Running Watch.

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by KlangFool » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:11 pm

Elena wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:05 pm
KlangFool wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:58 pm
OP,

This cannot be considered as lifestyle creep since it fits within my annual expense:

A) My $1,700 foldable electric bicycle.

B) More expensive tea.

KlangFool
I am seriously itching for one, but since I will not be traveling with it I wonder whether I need the folding feature. Every time I read one of your posts, I hear my gut screaming "I want an electric bike to replace my car altogether!!!".
+1 to home location, 15 min. drive to work, smaller place, much more expensive per sq. f. than my old place. Best expensive decision.
Elena,

A) You bike to somewhere and you are out of electricity. Then, you want to hitch a ride with someone. With a foldable electric bike, you can fold your bike and put into anyone's car trunk.

B) You want to take your foldable electric bike somewhere. But, you do not want to use a bike rack. You fold your bike and put into the car trunk.

C) You want to take your bike into the restaurant. You fold your bike and put it under the table.

KlangFool

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Post by fortfun » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:15 pm

DW and I got a free United Lounge pass (with United Explorer card) that we used on a long layover in Seattle (on the way back from HI). Boy was it nice! Free bloody mary's breakfast, cappuccinos, soft couch, etc. Might have to splurge on that when we have more money :)

Picked some upgraded VRBOs in Venice, Volcano Village, Cinque Terre, etc. Still fairly inexpensive but nicer than we usually stay at. Really made a big difference in our trip. Stayed in one of the cheapest AirBandBs in London, boy was that a regret...

Faster Internet connection.

Ecobee thermostat & Hyve sprinkler controller.

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by UpperNwGuy » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:24 pm

Cleaning service.
Therapeutic Massage.
Trips to Europe.

However, after flying business class prior to retiring, I am now back in economy.

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by jebmke » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:44 pm

We have significantly ramped up our charitable donations.
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by mountaingoatcos » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:55 pm

Upgrading to full suspension trail bike, my back felt way better and I was having more confidence downhill.

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by curmudgeon » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:30 pm

I don't think there is much in the way of lifestyle creep which actually makes us happier. We do spend additional money on a variety of luxuries, most of which we find convenient or useful, but I don't think of it as bringing happiness. Happiness is internally generated, not externally.

Being able to help other family members financially might qualify. Early retirement might be another piece, though mostly as it gives us flexibility to visit grandkids on the other side of the world without being squeezed by megacorp vacation policy limits.

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by anoop » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:35 pm

ThankYouJack wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:43 pm
I'm curious for those who were able to make increase in their lifestyle, what things actually made you happier?
Happier?

I can derive comfort or pleasure from material goods and for that I would say I have derived comfort from almost everything -- better house, better car, luxury shaving equipment, better mattress, gourmet/organic food ingredients, etc.

Happiness comes from within and often from things which cannot be bought or measured like health and people in one's life.
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by bluelight » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:36 pm

When vacations went from camping or driving a few hours to visit family for a week to planned 2+ week vacations at destinations I hadn't previously visited.

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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by bryansmile » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:38 pm

Being able to afford wild caught fish fresh from the ocean a few times a month.
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by LFKB » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:40 pm

All of it - bigger house with a pool/hot tub, upgraded cars, nicer golf courses, better vacations, better tickets for shows, concerts and sporting events, house cleaning help, nanny, better wine and booze at the house, flying first class, getting massages, better furniture, etc

If I didn’t derive pleasure from it, I wouldn’t pay more for it
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by jabberwockOG » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:42 pm

Golf course neighborhood, good wine, high quality tea and coffee, plenty of nice tools, luxury vehicles, Amazon Prime, Netflix, high quality bed, mattress and linens, high quality sports equipment - racquets, shoes, etc.
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Re: What lifestyle creep made you happier?

Post by LFKB » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:45 pm

AlphaLess wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:09 pm
OnTrack2020 wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:52 pm
SiriusXM
Am thinking about Netflix
Not flying coach
Wait, you put Sirius/Netflix and NOT flying coach on the same level?
No. Not flying coach was two levels below Sirius and one level below Netflix.

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