Do you know how much money you’ve spent on yourself? The other day when I was eating a steak sandwich I started to think about how much money I’ve spent on myself. It’s funny how we spend so much money on certain things and then feel guilty. Then on other purchases, we justify them and feel good about spending the money.

I’m not going to look at the obvious ways that you spend money on yourself (rent or various other mandatory expenses). I’m going to look at extra ways that I spend money on myself. Let’s get started:

On my appearance.

When it comes to my appearance I spend way more money than I should. Now this isn’t as superficial as it sounds. Appearance covers a wide spectrum. A few of the ways that my appearance has cost me a small fortune:

  • Gym addiction.
  • New clothes.
  • Stylish clothes.
  • Eating well.
  • Lotions
  • Shoes for different occasions.

Whether you want to admit it or not, you likely spend a lot of money on your appearance. Hopefully you don’t spend as much as I have. The funny thing is that you can easily justify spending money on your body and appearance because you’re stuck with it for life. Then there are those that feel that inner beauty is more important than your appearance.

On self-improvement.

I’ve become a huge fan of self-improvement the last few years. I love the idea of turning myself into a better person and learning more. The thing with self-improvement is that it doesn’t have to be limited to just books and motivational stuff. You can grow as a person, challenge yourself, and push yourself to new levels.

Here are a few examples of how I’ve spent money on self-improvement:

  • Backpacked through Europe alone.
  • Went on dozens of trips down south.
  • Attended conferences.
  • Spent money on lunches with successful people.
  • Took online courses.
  • Bought books.
  • Attended events.
  • Went to book signings.

Have you done anything to improve yourself lately? I personally have become an avid fan of unique experiences, Many years ago I would have been terrified at the idea of traveling alone. Now I embrace it. I look forward to doing things on my own. There’s nothing more humbling than showing up in a foreign place and having to fend for yourself. This has forced me to sharped my social skills and learn how to adapt to brand new situations.

On education.

I’ve spent thousands of dollars on education in my lifetime and I don’t regret one penny of it. We all know that knowledge is power. If there’s one thing that my parents taught me it’s that nobody can take your education away from you.

Most of my money has been spent on a formal education. I went to community college and then transferred my credits over to a larger university in town. This investment in my education is priceless in my opinion because nobody can take this education away from my wall.

That’s how I’ve been spending money on myself lately. How do you spend money on yourself? Is there anything that I didn’t include in this post?