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The relationship between time, money, and happiness

"Buying" time promotes happiness

Experimental studies reveal that using your money on time-saving devices promotes happiness. The effects of "buying time" have the greatest impact on less-affluent individuals.

If you don't want to cut back on your lifestyle or are not able to cut back, you can still use the relationship between time and money to increase your sense of well-being.

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The relationship between time, money, and happiness

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Money: a store of productive time

We're commonly told that money is a "store of value," meaning a storehouse of past effort to use for future purchases. Really, money is a store of (productive) time.

Wealth: an abundance of time

When we notice the relationship between money and time, we realise that wealth isn't necessarily an abundance of money, but an abundance of time. When you gather a lot of money, you collect a large store of time which you can use as you want.

Financial independence is then geared to having saved enough, so you're no longer required to work for money. Yet, many people spend so much time gathering stuff but don't set aside anything for the future.

Material things and the value of time

An irony of modern society is that many people work more to have more money to buy more stuff, but because they have so much stuff, they need more money, which means they have to work more, which means they have less time. To escape this vicious cycle:

  • Deliberately reduce your spending below the level needed to maintain your lifestyle.
  • Spending less helps fund your future. Living with a lesser lifestyle means you don't need to save as much for retirement.

"Buying" time promotes happiness

Experimental studies reveal that using your money on time-saving devices promotes happiness. The effects of "buying time" have the greatest impact on less-affluent individuals.

If you don't want to cut back on your lifestyle or are not able to cut back, you can still use the relationship between time and money to increase your sense of well-being.

Frugality buys time

The relationship between time and money is this: When you spend less, you can work less. That means that frugality buys time. On a deeper level, frugality buys freedom - financial freedom, freedom from worry, freedom to spend your time as you wish.

There's a balance, and it is different for everyone. You have to decide how much time you're willing to spend on the present comfort and how much you want to put away for the future.

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Many life transitions happen in your 30's

From moving up in your career to buying a home. Making smart moves with your money during your 30's can help you achieve future financial success.

Focus on percentage of income saved, not the dollar amount

Over the long term, it's not as much about the dollar amount you save, but the percentage of your income that you dedicate to saving and investing. By focusing on percentages, you can ensure you're always saving more as you earn more. 

Spend time tracking your money

Most people react to their finances. The problem with that is that you rely on chance to have enough money in the bank when you actually need it. Be intentional about your money and spend time reviewing and evaluating it. If you don't, you'll never know if you're moving in the right direction or not.

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Frugality

Frugality means resisting the temptation to spend more than you earn.

Discipline

Self-made millionaires choose moderation over extremes. They often buy used cars, don't live in the most expensive houses and don't try to time the investment market.

Hard Work

A defining characteristic of many millionaires are their willingness to work hard and stick it out in high-paying careers until they are financially independent.

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