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Evolution Of My Money Priorities Through Time

My Evolution of Money Priorities Through The Years

It’s funny how things change over the years isn’t it? My food preferences are different, my hobbies have changed, and my evening and weekend activities sure are a little tamer too. I was recently looking at some Black Friday flyers and the biggest evolution however might be my views of money priorities and what it should be spent on.

Let’s have a good laugh as we look back at the “must haves” through the history of my 30 some years. I have a feeling some of you will relate!

Money Priorities Age 0-10

Toys man, lots of toys. GI Joe, Ninja Turtles, Matchbox cars, Micro Machines (remember them?) and Lego! What a great era for a young boy to grow up in. Socks and clothes for Christmas? Only if mom and dad want to see a young kid cry disappointed! We were such brats back then weren’t we? Money priorities- Optimus Prime Transformer

Money Priorities Age 10-15

After the action figure stage, I advanced into video games, trading cards, and playing sports. The first Nintendo (NES) was thriving and then my favorite system of all, the Super Nintendo, was released in ’91. The hours that were spent on that thing, my gosh. I remember mowing lawn and doing barely enough chores around home in order to convince my parents to buy me the latest and greatest game that just came out. Clearly there were no thoughts of saving money yet at this point. Money priorities- Ken Griffey Jr Upper Deck Rookie Card

Madden 17

Wait a minute….PS4 wasn’t around when I was 13…

Money Priorities Age 15-18

I was 14 when I got my drivers license. I got my first speeding ticket two weeks later. Oops! Anyways, having my own car was what it was all about during this time frame. I drove one of my parents vehicles until closer to when I was 18 and got my own to head off to college with. Money priorities- Gas

Money Priorities Age 18-22

College years. Oof. This was a nonstop party with some classes mixed in. We had fun during the week, and then on the weekends I would drive two hours back home to have more fun with a different group of friends. I burned a lot of gas (and brain cells) and put some miles on that 1996 Dodge Intrepid. Money priorities- More Busch Light

Money Priorities Age 22-25

Somewhere during this time I fell head over heels for a beautiful, intelligent, and charismatic gal. And surprisingly, she kinda liked me back! Next thing I know, I was saving up from my first jobs out of college for a rock, wedding expenses, and an apartment! And what a magical (sarcasm) apartment it was. A tiny two bedroom basement apartment that ran us around $250 per month. We moved and upgraded to a townhouse after a year of living in the apartment. Money priorities- An Emergency Fund

Money Priorities Age 25-30

Well we got tired of renting and took the plunge into home ownership. Goodbye easy renting life, hello mowing lawn, snow blowing, cleaning gutters, and fixing shit. What were we thinking? Nah, it was a good move and we met some lifelong neighbor friends. Our first major housing expense was a fence for our backyard to the tune of $8,000. Eek! Money priorities- Home Updates

Money Priorities Age 30-Present

We were blessed to have a healthy little boy to rock our world. Just when you start to have things figured out, little ones come along and show you that you have no idea. After a fresh bathroom remodel to the tune of $10k, we decide to relocate to a different city for a new job for Mrs. DS. Oh and before selling our other place, we needed to have a radon mitigation system installed for $1,200. Good times.

During this period, I realized how much working for the man sucks. I’m finding it harder to take direction from a “boss” as I get older, even though we get along just fine. No longer thinking about frivolous spending, we cranked up the savings and investments. Escape plan engaged!Ā  DS Jr has a 529 college plan and some savings as well to get him off and running when he needs it.

Putting The Flyers Away

Thanks for taking the walk down memory lane with me. It’s hard to believe something like a Black Friday flyer can take you back in time to the fun memories of childhood and money priorities throughout life. Hopefully this made you think of some fun times in your youth. Do we have any similarities?


  1. Well, up to about age 15 our money priorities were a match! My video game stage lasted a *little* bit longer. šŸ˜€
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  2. Hey that’s a great list. Mainly cuz I can relate to it! Optimus Prime, trading cards, game consoles, the whole bit. Seems as youth we’re well-programmed to spend by the time we get ahold of serious money. Not sure how good ol MMM managed to avoid such temptations but more power to him.

    Surprising to see no mention of that electric recliner with cup holders? šŸ˜‰

    • Mr Defined Sight

      November 21, 2017 at 8:14 am

      I should work that chair into a future post haha. I knew you’d love that one. I thought I would get some grief from you about that Favre card too. MMM is a rare bird that’s for sure. I know somebody who kind of lives like them but they don’t run a six figure blog, just doing it out of necessity. And no knock against MMM either. I’m fascinated by his lifestyle and am a fan.

  3. I still have several Favre rookie cards and a few others from that era as well. One of my friends offered to give me a few dollars for some of the football and baseball cards I collected in 1995. Back then, I thought cards would only go up in value so I said no. Now, I wish I would have said yes as I haven’t looked at my collection in maybe 10 years.

    The last version of Madden I bought was 2003 (the last version for the original PSX). I actually played it last year to show my own children what it was. It was still fun and it did give me the itch to relive some of my childhood habits, but I like my adult hobbies more.

    Thanks for the memories as well from this posts. My brother and I wore out the Micro Machines too.
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    • Mr Defined Sight

      November 21, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Hi Josh! Thanks for stopping by. Sounds like we have a lot of similarities here. I still have all of my cards but they are at my parents house. I was there last weekend and looking through some of them that I haven’t seen for many years. That Favre card being one. It’s funny how so many of the rookie cards that I had protected didn’t amount to anything at all. Good memories though!

      Remember how cool the Micro Machine commercials were with that guy who talked really fast? Golden

      The Madden addiction is a tough one to break. It is because of that game alone that I keep updating systems through the years. It’s really the only game I buy. Thanks again for stopping in sir!

  4. Love the list šŸ™‚

    I had similar priorities when I was a kid, lots of video games, Nintendo, C64 etc.

    Heck, my priorities around video games and classic computers still has not changed much, though I don’t buy electronic stuff anymore. I just have enough of it. I guess, I’ve eventually grown up.

    Wait till you hit 40, it’s gonna be a big shift in how you see everything. Working for the man becomes even harder as we hit that 40, and then comes the mid life crisis with questions like ‘What have I done in my life?’ : )

    • Mr Defined Sight

      November 21, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      I had a feeling you could relate to me, Mr ATM! Interesting point about turning 40. That one is going to be a bit tougher to swallow than 30 was I have a feeling. I can certainly tell I’m becoming more set in my ways as time goes on. Fortunately I’ve been able to remain quite tactful at work while taking direction šŸ™‚

  5. My money priorities lined up very similar to yours. Even through college years, I loved collecting autographs, signed photos, you name it. Just hoping that I was going to strike rich with a fancy autograph. Although I must say, I have an autographed Hank Aaron baseball bat that is near and dear to my heart. Never getting rid of a piece signed by the true home run king.

    But I agree, it is funny how times change and your perspective shift overtime. I’m now less concerned about attending all the live sports events. I’d rather save and watch from home than pay to attend a ton of games. Same with video games. I have better things to do with my time than blog. Its very funny to me. Great read tonight!


    • Mr Defined Sight

      November 21, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      Wow a signed Aaron bat! That is a great piece coming from a huge Braves fan here. Let me know if you ever want to part with it šŸ˜‰ I’m with you on the watching games from home vs attending live thing. It has gotten way too expensive to go to the games these days. It’s an absolute shakedown with the tickets, parking, food, and drink. Plus the hassle of getting there and back. Much more convenient from the comfort of the living room. Thanks for stopping by Bert!

  6. Thanks for sharing the great post, Mr. DS! I can relate to a lot of the money priority stages in this post! Mainly the 10 – 15 video game stage. Although, I was also obsessed with BMX biking during 10 – 15. And I was obsessed with basketball during the 15 – 18 stage. I can definitely relate to the fun, non-stop partying, brain cell killing college stage lol. We’re also very similar after that except for a few things. I also met a girl in the 22 – 25 stage, but I don’t own a home, and I don’t have any children. But I do feel your struggle with taking orders from the man. Like you said, you get along just fine, but it’s less ideal situation the older you get. Thanks for sharing! Enjoyed the read.
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    • Mr Defined Sight

      November 24, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Hi Graham! I’m glad we share some common ground here, I figured we might. I always wanted a really cool BMX bike that I could do tricks on. I never really got one of those though. Just had the conventional, cheaper bikes. Those guys in the magazines made it look so easy though haha.

      I hear ya on the work thing. We do what we have to do but it certainly gets harder to take direction all the time. My wife would probably tell you the same thing about me too šŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by buddy!

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