Finding a Balance Between Frugality and Happiness
I have been doing something silly in an effort to save money. I turned my thermostat down to 55. Let me tell you why that is a bad idea. I’m seriously freezing my buns off!!
What all started this was my electric bill this month. I was expecting it to be about $120. When I opened it and saw it was $165, I about had a heart attack! I know it could be worse, but when you’re expecting it to be less it’s shocking. I decided I was going to go off the deep end and make sure my electric bill wasn’t that high this month. I set my thermostat at 55.
The other night when I got home I went into my bedroom to change (and put on two sweaters) and the thermometer in there read 49 degrees. That was my wake up call. I realized that it’s ridiculous to be miserable in a house that is 55 degrees (or lower) and save money. What’s the point of saving money if I freeze to death? I turned the thermostat up to 65 and left it at that. I’ve been happy since. I realized it wasn’t worth worrying over. I’ve got bigger battles to pick. I enjoy my house much more, am happier, and now I don’t have to worry about my pipes freezing. It’s a win-win situation.
There has to be a balance between being frugal and happiness. If I went the whole winter with my heat at 55, I would survive. It probably wouldn’t be the most pleasant winter, but I would live. Is the $20 extra a month on my electric bill to be warm worth it? Yes. I think it’s important to realize that even though our financial goals may be large, we need to remember to stop and enjoy the small things that may cost us a little more money. In the end, that’s what it’s all about anyway.