I’m an introverted person, not something I’m always proud of but I am who I am. I will concede that there are many disadvantages being this way but I believe that introverts CAN have advantages in regards to saving money compared to extroverts. Saving more than I spend has always come fairly natural to me and when I break it down, I think a lot of it is due to personality. Here are a few ways that I save money without even thinking about it.
Introverts Don’t Need Constant Nightlife
What are some major drains on finances? Bars and restaurants. I know of some people making average incomes that absolutely have to go out for meals and drinks 3-4 times per week. Often times, not only are they consuming food and beverages for themselves, they are buying rounds for friends and playing blackjack or pull tabs. I would love to know how much per month these folks spend on this type of entertainment. Again, these people that I know are not high rollers that I’m referring to. Not wealthy people that have money to throw around.
Introverts such as myself don’t require frequent socializing. Yes I do enjoy going out to eat on occasion. Quite frankly I wish we could do it more often but the toddler helps keep our budget in check that way I suppose! While the extroverts are throwing money around with friends at the bars, people like me find comfort and happiness at home. Not only is it what we enjoy, it is also friendly on the check book. A win win!
Introverts Can Spend Less on Sports
Sports are a huge passion of mine. I love football, baseball, and basketball. College and professional in all of those mentioned. I do also enjoy going to the occasional game but since crowds and traffic annoy me so much, I am absolutely ecstatic to watch the big games from the comforts of my living room. Don’t get me wrong, you can’t beat the atmosphere of being there in person. I totally get that. And I still will attend games here and there but for the most part, I’m good at home. Now compare that to the person who needs the season tickets. How much is that person spending on travel, parking, food, beverage, and of course the tickets? These can be very big expenses.
Introverts Don’t Need to Travel Often
I should mention again that one of my goals for the year is to travel more. I do think it is important to see new parts of the world and I am all for that. However, the people that tend to keep to themselves and are fine staying put can save a lot of coin. After all, a week vacation to Jamaica for example can run from $3k-6k depending on the place of stay. And I’m sure higher than that (maybe lower too granted). For some it is money well spent while others would consider that to be a waste. As one of the introverts, I can see both sides of this one. I certainly don’t need a fancy vacation every year but it is important to get away once in awhile. Conversely, there are the folks that need to go to Mexico every year, a week in Florida, a week in Arizona, Vegas perhaps?….you get the point. Cha Ching.
So there you have it, some ways that I save money by just being my naturally introverted self. Different personality types make the world go ’round and I’m certainly not saying that a person is wrong for going out and having a good time. There can be excesses however and I see it all the time. It just so happens that the people whose brains are wired like mine, don’t have to usually worry about these money drainers as much.
Question for the readers- Do you notice any ways that your personality type saves or costs you extra money? Thank you for stopping by and reading!