Another week, another Contemplation post.
If you don’t know what Contemplation is: each week I share with you a prompt from my Kikki.K A Sentence A Day journal, along with my response and I invite you to join me in responding by creating a new post and linking back to this post.
This week’s prompt: What are you saving for?
I’ve always had trouble saving. I live alone and I have mostly lived alone since leaving university. With a job involving so much travel and being in the lab with customers or in meetings all the time, it’s nice to have some quiet time when I get home, I actually enjoy the time to myself.
So what does that have to do with saving? I rent an apartment quite close to the city and previously I had a mortgage on my house in Brisbane, and these things are expensive when paying for them by yourself. However, over the last few years, I’ve been able to get into the habit of putting some money aside each month and I can now consider that my “savings”. It’s not a lot, but it’s there.
Until I read this prompt, I didn’t really think about my savings. I know it’s there and previously I had been saving for the move to Melbourne, which was such an expensive process. But now, I don’t have anything specific that I’m saving for.
I need some funds for trips home to see my family. I have an exciting trip this weekend for my best friend’s birthday back in Brisbane. I’m always on the lookout for new bits and pieces for my home – decorating, plants, and things like that.
But I guess there are two things that I’d like to keep in mind when deciding whether to spend or save – I think I’d like to go on a holiday. Every trip I’ve taken overseas in the past has been for work. I’ve taken a little time off each trip to see the sights, but I’ve never gone overseas just for me. Actually, that’s not completely true, I had a weekend in New Zealand. And I did a couple of cruises as well.
Secondly, I need to decide whether I’m going to buy a place in Melbourne. It’s not about whether I want to live here or not, it’s whether I want to buy something of my own, or just keep renting. I’m quite enjoying renting at the moment and I have the rest of the year to decide.
Until then, it’s good to have a little savings set aside, just in case….
Here are my fellow Contemplators:
Deb’s World – I really love Deb’s post.
How about you? What are you saving for?