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Experiences vs Things – How To Spend Your Money Accordingly

experiences vs things

Just a little disclaimer before we get into this post, this is in no way me telling you how you should spend your money. Instead, it’s just my personal opinion and experience and I wanted to share my thoughts with you guys in the hope to try and change your perspectives too.

Cool. So we’ve got the ~lame~ part out of the way, let’s crack on with the post, shall we?

Money is often a very touchy subject in almost every industry and every walk of life, and I guess it’s for a good reason; no one needs to know the exact ins and outs of everyone’s finances.

But, what if talking about what we do with our money can help to improve people’s lives and the things they choose to do with them? That’s what today’s post is about; my view on experiences vs things and how to spend your money accordingly.

experiences vs things

For most of my life, I’d consider myself to be very materialistic. I was obsessed with Christian Louboutin shoes, I was always desperate to buy a new designer handbag and the latest cosmetic release was always on my radar.

And while I still have a very strong adoration for fancy shoes and pretty makeup, my focus in what I spend my money has shifted quite substantially in the last few years.

I’m no longer desperate to pick up the latest addition to the Urban Decay makeup line, and I no longer feel the need to spend extravagant amounts of money on designer shoes or handbags, instead my focus on what I spend my money on has shifted to the travel industry.

Of course, this by no means is the more affordable option; if anything, it’s probably a lot more expensive. But spending money on travel experiences brings me so much joy that I can’t imagine my life without these experiences. And if that means I have to go without a new lipstick or a pretty pair of shoes then that’s totally ok with me.

In an ideal world, I’d probably have access to both: stylish shoes and a holiday in the Maldives? Yes please.

But that’s obviously just not plausible and I think if I had to make the choice between seeing the world or a new handbag, I’d choose travel every time.

I’ve always had this overwhelming urge to do everything right now; I see something I want and I know that I’ll do everything in my power to make that dream come true. That’s why I’m so unbelievably passionate about going travelling around the world with Matt, I know nothing will make me happier than seeing the world with my best friend and if that means cutting back on things for the next year or so then I’m totally ok with that.

Experiences such as trying out a new restaurant, seeing a new country or city for the first time or spending the day exploring an incredible museum makes me truly happy and I know that these are the memories that I will cherish and adore forever.

I’m certainly not going to tell you how to spend your money or what to spend it on but I would really urge you to consider the purchases you’re making and what it is you want out of life.

I know SO many fantastic fashion bloggers who rely on making regular clothes purchases and I’m ever so glad that they share their experiences because it means I can live vicariously through them without spending money on new clothes myself.

I also know people who would only consider purchasing a new item of clothing only if they were in desperate need of something new to wear.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, is that it’s important to find the right balance for you. Spend your money on the experiences or things that make you happy. If you want to save your absolute arse off for the holiday of a lifetime to Disney World then you do you! If you’re not too bothered about travelling and would rather build up your makeup collection, then guess what? That’s ok too!

As long as what you’re spending your money on makes you happy then that’s literally all that matters.

Experiences vs Things

What’s your opinion on experiences vs things? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.


  1. 27th June 2018 / 11:28 am

    I completely agree with this post!! I think it can be so easy to get caught up in wanting materialistic things but as soon as you find something you are passionate about your focus completely changes. I love hearing about your plans to travel the world with Matt and completely understand that some things have to give in order to achieve it! You look absolutely incredible in that photo, wearing your hair up really suits you babe!!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • chloedickenson
      27th June 2018 / 12:14 pm

      Thank you so, so much Sarah!! You really are one of the most supportive people of my blog ❤️❤️

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