Anything You Want is a personal finance blog about finding a balance between spending and saving.
Life is about tradeoffs. You chose to have dinner at one restaurant and therefore don’t have dinner at another. You chose to major in engineering and therefore don’t major in literature. These tradeoffs exist, and I would say constitute the backbone of, personal finance. Money is a finite resource, and everyone needs to make tradeoffs about how they spend their money.
The first step in getting your personal finances in order is to understand what you want and what you value. Then you simply need to spend your resources, both time and money, in a manner that is consistent with those values. Those values are personal; no two people will have the exact same values and no two people should have the same personal finance strategy. You can choose what you value, but unless you’re insanely wealthy you probably can’t chose to value everything, at least not equally.
When you understand personal finance as a way of supporting your values, it becomes more liberating and less oppressive. Saving money is about more than building up a big balance in your bank account; it is about working towards your dreams, whatever those may be.