There Are Always (Useful) Things That Can Be Expensive. And Here’s Why

This is a blog about why some things cost what they do along with budget tips.

For example, how much does it cost to go to college? How much does it cost to build a house? How much does it cost to buy a car? How much does it cost to take a long-distance trip?

There are always useful things that can be expensive. And here’s why.

You might be wondering why some things cost what they do, and what can you do to save on all of the expenses that are a part of your daily life. Some of the areas in which you probably spend a ton of money include: housing, food, travel and transportation, entertainment, clothing and health care.

You’ve come to the right place if you want to learn more about these different types of expenses and how you can save on them. You’ll find budget tips for vacations, for instance, that will help you save without compromising on quality. It’s all in an effort to help people live better lives where they don’t have to worry about every dollar they spend.

There are frugal tips here too that are designed to help people save money by eating better foods or finding fun things to do that don’t cost much money at all (or anything). This is a blog that’s made for anyone who wants to learn how to live a happier life even if it means spending less money on things.

There are lots of things that can be expensive. We have a tendency to think that expensive=good. After all, cheap things break/get lost/etc right? But there are some things that aren’t worth the extra cash and just need to be replaced once in a while.

One thing I’ve learned is that it’s okay to buy the cheap version of some items, because they will break or get lost or wear out. Just buy replacements!

For example, I bought two cheap sunglasses from Target for $7 each. They were polarized and everything. My husband bought a pair of Ray-Bans for $125 (I really don’t know why he did this).

Within about six months, both pairs broke. One pair of mine was irreparable and the other was just missing a lens. So I replaced them, no biggie.

My husband’s sunglasses never broke but he lost them three times over the course of five years and had to replace them every time.

So in the end, he paid more money to have the brand name sunglasses than the cheap ones even though they didn’t last any longer than mine did!

The main reason that things cost what they do, however, is usually because people are willing to pay it. This is true for most things including vacations.

There is a widespread theory that the more money people make, the less vacation time they will take. I don’t know where this theory came from or why anyone would think it’s true but I ran a small test and found out it’s not. The more money you make, the more vacation you take.

According to an article in the New York Times, “The number of vacation days Americans took declined sharply during the recession: An average of 16.2 days in 2006 dropped to 14 in 2014.” It seems to me that if we make more money we should be able to afford to take more vacation time.

I think we’re taking less vacation these days because we cannot afford it. Vacations can be expensive and many of us don’t have enough savings to cover it when the time comes. And if we want something badly enough, there is always a way tp get it without spending a lot of money. It takes some research and planning but you can go almost anywhere for very little money if you know how to plan for it.

Vacations are worth saving for and planning for but you

It’s a great question. And there are some nuances to it.

First of all, I would say that there aren’t really any truly “inexpensive” vacations. This is because there are always truly expensive things you could be doing instead of the inexpensive thing you’re doing. And this is true whether you’re at home or on vacation.

If you were at home, you could be doing something like:

> going out to eat at an expensive restaurant;

> throwing a party and inviting all your friends over;

> buying yourself a new flat screen TV;

> etc…

So, when I say that a vacation is cheap or inexpensive, what I really mean is that it’s relatively cheap compared to the other things you could be spending money on (e.g., work projects, new furniture for your house, etc.). And this relative cost is why vacations are worth it. Because if they weren’t relatively cheaper than other things then why would we go on them? Plus they help us unwind and relax while also providing experiences that we wouldn’t otherwise get in our day-to-day lives (e.g., seeing new places, learning new things).

On Vacations

I’ve been keeping an eye on flights to Italy since they were around $500, now they are almost $1000. I’m hoping they go down again but if not, I will buy them anyway.

There is a big difference between traveling and vacationing. Most of the time, travel is exhausting and stressful. You have to plan everything and make sure you don’t miss anything. Vacationing is easier. You just sleep and eat and explore your surroundings.

For me, travel is worth it if it’s somewhere I really want to go or somewhere that will be new (like Europe was for me). But vacationing is worth it just because of the change of pace. The restful sleep and delicious food makes you feel like a new person. And you don’t have to spend as much time planning or worrying about where you’ll be sleeping the next night or where you should go next.

If you’re on a budget, vacationing can be expensive unless you take advantage of some cheap flights and hotels that are available in certain areas at certain times of the year (for example, if you stay in a hostel during the summer). But travel can also be expensive if you choose touristy places or if you want to get somewhere quickly

Why do vacations cost so much?

The short answer is that, when you’re on vacation, time is more valuable. It’s simply not true that “time is money.” A more precise way to put it would be “the opportunity cost of time is money.”

Let’s say you make $40,000 a year. That means that the company you work for gets $40,000 worth of value out of having you around. If they didn’t have you around they’d have to pay someone else $40,000 to do your job. How many hours do you work in a year? 2000? 2500? Let’s go with 2000 just to make the math easy. (Though actually I think it makes the point better if we use 2500.) That means your hourly rate is $20/hour ($40,000/2000 hours).

Now suppose that you’re on vacation for two weeks. You could work 80 hours or 100 hours during those two weeks and earn yourself an extra $1600 or $2000 respectively. Those 80 or 100 hours are what economists call your “opportunity cost.”

But wait! You’re on vacation! You’re not going to spend those 80 or 100 hours working! It would defeat the whole purpose of taking a vacation if

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