Taste of the High Life

I just spent the past two weeks traveling for business. My goal was to see just how much money I could save when my employer is paying most of my discretionary living expenses. When I started the trip, I expected to spend extra money on food and entertainment. However, I soon realized that my living costs plummeted while traveling for business. I spent a total of $37 on food. That’s some breakfasts, lots of coffee, and snacks. Everything else was paid for. And I mean EVERYTHING. This saved me a ton of money.

High Life Personal FinanceSo, what’s the downside? Well, I spent these two weeks driving a new hybrid vehicle, living out of a nice hotel, and eating at some of the best restaurants in town. These two weeks gave me a taste of the high life. When I got back to my house (finally!) I found myself missing the steak dinners and the new car. When I got back into my Ford Escort I started to pick apart its faults: noisy interior, squeaky breaks, terrible shocks, and the list goes on…

But that didn’t last too long. I’ve been working hard toward my goals and I was able to snap myself out of it. However, I realized how easy it would be to get sucked into living the high life after just a small taste. I could go out and sign the loan papers for a new car today. I could put a steak dinner a night on my credit cards. It would take me a lot of dinners to fill up my $50k in credit card limits.

The unfortunate thing is, many people get a taste of the high life and aren’t able to snap out of it. I think you and I both are lucky to have found the path to financial freedom. I’m a long way from achieving it, but I know I’m stumbling in the right direction. I’m glad you’ve decided to join me and I’m looking forward to continue along this path with you.

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  1. Dave M says:

    Hey,

    I just found your blog today. I blog about personal finance as well. This post stood out to me because I did quite a bit of travel for my job before I took a new position. I completely agree with you that you get used to the “high life” of business travel. Luckily, I was able to snap out of that mentality as well when I returned home.

    Good luck with your goals for 2011!

  2. Andrea says:

    It’s always hard to come back to reality but such is life, welcome back!

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