That conversation got me thinking about what makes me feel rich. I'm just talking about money here not love or happiness or any of those other things that are important. What makes me feel rich is the ability to help someone or give someone something when the need arises. For example, being able to afford the trip back to Minnesota to visit my nephews for the funeral. That was an expensive trip but I had to money available. I guess I could say that my emergency fund makes me feel rich, and my savings, of course, but savings are like a giant emergency fund anyway. So, right now I do feel rich. My savings have been depleted a little after paying for the trip and buying the car but I am slowly replenishing the fund. I don't need to eat with a sterling silver knife and fork everyday to feel rich. but knowing I could buy them if I needed them is enough for me.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
To Feel Rich
Today I was chatting with a friend and he mentioned that he buys silver coins. A lot of people buy gold or silver as an investment so I was not surprised. I said that I bought a home-made silver coin from the fellow at The Field Lab. Last year, the Field Lab guy was buying sterling silver silverware off of Ebay, melting them down and making his own Field Lab coins. My friend completely missed the frugality of my story and decided that he needed to buy sterling silver silverware. So I asked why in the world he would want that and he said "To feel rich". So, I start looking online for real silverware sets just to humor him. He buys a lot of stuff from Amazon so we looked there and most of it is silver plated. He wanted real silver so I showed him what was available on Ebay. It suddenly dawned on him that real silver tarnishes and he decided that he doesn't want dingy looking silverware after all. I suggested that he hire a maid to polish his sterling silver and then he would really feel rich although he would be very poor very quickly.