I read something very interesting earlier this week over at My Two Dollars. The idea was think about how many hours of work it would take to pay for the things that you have. It’s an interesting way of looking at it. Here is what My Two Dollars pointed out:
Are you working for your stuff or are you working for you? These are
important questions to ask yourself when you feel the desire to spend
your hard-earned money on “stuff” rather than putting it in savings or
buying necessities. While most people work to live, many people work so
they can try to buy their happiness — and it’s never going to work.
Instead, they find themselves working longer hours at jobs they hate or
extra jobs just to try to keep up with paying for their “stuff” that is
supposed to being them happiness.
So it got me thinking. How much work do I have to do in order to pay for some of my stuff? I average about $55 an hour in my work as a freelance writer. To make my monthly $1,350 mortgage payment, I would have to work 24 hours. Lunch with my husband only requires about 25 – 35 minutes of work. I can buy a book for eight to 12 minutes of work. But what about some of the other things I’ve bought recently? A new video game would require a full hour of work.
My husband wants to buy a newer, bigger fish tank. I figure that would take close to three hours of work. I guess that’s worth it. I enjoy watching the colorful fish. But a new TV, which would cost me about 36 hours of work, doesn’t seem worth the effort. After all, the one we have is a flat screen LCD and works just fine. I don’t something larger than 32 inches right now.
When I start thinking about work I would have to do in order to pay for some things, it doesn’t seem quite worth the effort. Instead, I could be spending time reading, playing with my son or going out with my husband.
How much work do you do in order to pay for your stuff?