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
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! 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?