If you were a millionaire, what would you do?
For most of us, the thought of millions of dollars to spend brings up dreamy visions of grand European tours, villas on the beach front, a new Mercedes, or the opportunity to construct an orphanage in a war-ravaged area.
What would you still do if you were a millionaire?
Lately I have been thinking about a different question though: what things would you continue to do if you were a millionaire?
When you are trying to be frugal, it is easy to focus on all the ways you can save a few dollars and make the paycheck last.
Living within your means is an important part of being a faithful steward, but so many frugal things are truly enjoyable—things that are enjoyable whether you make $30,000 or $30,000,000 a year.
In his fascinating book The Millionaire Next Door, Thomas Stanley points out the frugal habits of many of the world’s wealthiest. Do these millionaires do these things because they have to? No. They do these frugal things because they want to.
So what things that you’re doing right now would you continue to do if you were a millionaire?
Here are a few of my favorite frugal activities that I would want to keep doing if we were millionaires:
- Stay home most days.
- Hang sheets and towels outside to dry in spring. The smell of clothes hung outside is intoxicatingly delightful.
- Enjoy simple days outside and soak in the golden glory of creation.
- Watch (most) movies at home. I’d much rather watch a movie cuddled up on the couch with Joshua than in a crowded theater.
- Grow a vegetable garden. There are few things I love more than playing in the dirt and watching food spring from the ground.
- Live minimalistically— I hate clutter and shopping
This list looks different for everyone, but treasure the things you would not change if you were a millionaire. They really are finer things!
What about you? What would you still do if you were a millionaire?
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