I keep a personal finance diary (because when I know where the money goes to, I somehow feel more secure. Yup, I record every single expenditure and am a*al like that.) and there is a category called “Investments”. Instead of the sort of financial investments that I added to My Initiative180 recently, this category covers expenses such as dance classes, performance and conference tickets/entry fee, books etc.
How do I compare this category’s expenses to others? Well, they are normally more expensive than things such as groceries and transport, cheaper than shopping and socialise. Yet why do I sometimes come up with excuses that sound like this: “I can’t go to the dance class/performance because I have been spending too much”?
If investment is supposed to give you something back, which to me, sounds like a good thing, why would I feel so reluctant to spend money on it?