There are unlimited amounts of things a person can spend his or her hard-earned cash on; however, there is a big difference between smart spending and irresponsible cash burning.
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If you’ve got all of your important needs budgeted for and end up with a little extra money, however, consider spending on some of these things to improve your quality of life.
Buy Some Healthy Food
Many people think they deserve to “treat” themselves to a fancy dinner after getting a big paycheck or bonus. But let’s stop and think for a minute about what you’re really doing. You might be treating your cravings and desire to be at a nice restaurant, but these types of establishments aren’t exactly renown for offering healthy meals and proper portions.
In other words, you’re not “treating” your body very well by spending your extra money at restaurants. Instead, consider giving your body a real treat by using your extra money to buy healthier foods.
Using your extra cash to enhance your shopping list is a great way to feel good about yourself, as well as simply help you feel good! Some foods to consider: Fresh fruit and vegetables, hummus, high protein nuts, fresh fish, lean meats and tea. If you’re into fitness, spend your money on tasty protein shakes instead of candy bars.
Get A Gym Membership
Instead of spending money on a new video game or movie series, consider adding some quality to your life by getting a gym membership. The number one excuse against this is, “but I can just walk around the block or do push-ups in my home!”
While that’s true, you’re more likely to force yourself to exercise if you’re spending money on it. Also, people tend to work out a little harder at the gym when there are people working out around them and many gyms offer special packages, like tanning and massages, to make it more worth your while.
Get A New, Active Hobby
Some of the best outdoor activities unfortunately cost a bit of extra cash to enjoy to the fullest. But if you have some extra dough, why not go out and get a nice bike instead of a new couch? You can also buy a new racket and bag and join the local tennis club, swim club, hiking and climbing club or any club where you can meet people with like-minded goals.
Get A Pet
And no, we’re not talking about a fish or a hamster. If you have a good, steady source of income, consider getting an active breed of dog as a pet. Many of the most active breeds are also very intelligent and make highly loyal pets.
This will encourage you to go for more walks and play with your new furry friend, which is good for both of you and you also get the satisfaction of giving a loving animal a nice life.
Some breeds to consider: German shepherd, black labrador, golden retriever, greyhound and husky. Again, for the sake of your pet, make sure you have plenty of money to spare for this one, as pet care, food and supplies can be expensive in the long run.
Spice Up Your Love Life
If you want to increase the quality of your life, consider spending a little cash to enhance your love life. A romantic night on the town (or out of town in a fancy hotel) might be just the thing you need to add a little excitement, which can increase your heart rate for some passive cardio.
Those with healthy love lives are shown to enjoy longer lives and better mental health.