It wasn’t until my later 30s that I realized I was way better off saving up and spending my hard earned cash on a higher quality of items, experiences, and entertainment. For example, my boyfriend took me to a small venue concert a couple of years ago. I was so excited for this weekend away to see one of my favorite musicians. It wasn’t until we got there that I realized there was limited seating, otherwise the event was a standing affair that would last about 4 hours. Now, I could have saved the money and we would have likely had a fine time just standing in the general admission area. When my date went off to the restroom, I stepped over to a woman who seemed to be in charge of the private balcony seating alongside the stage and inquired if they were reserved, etc. I lucked out and discovered that for a fair, affordable cost, I could upgrade the tickets he purchased and we’d be allowed to sit in comfort. When my boyfriend returns, I surprised him with the upgrade. It was one of the best investments I ever made — sure, silly and small — but unlike everyone else who stood for the entire concert, we were able to enjoy ourselves without feeling crowded or endure achy backs and feet the next day. I’ve also found this to be true with the quality of a car (as a well maintained, reputable mid-range brand of a car will last you longer than something cheaper). So, these days, I make a point to ASK about the upgrades or deals available. I don’t skimp on certain things pertaining to the quality of my food or physical comfort (so long as it is within my ability to pay for it).