@smack setting aside the rest of your points about changing priorities, Mike Dang wasn't talking about saving money to obtain more possessions. Saving money gave him the *experience* of being able to assist other friends and family members when they really needed it and to chase a career dream. I know you didn't mean it this way, but I feel there's always a danger on this site and in the comments to characterize people who are trying to save money or improve their financial situation as boring/materialistic/not really living life.
@Borrellia This is what I do too! I use YNAB (You Need A Budget) which automatically does this. I <3 it. It helps me plan ahead and save for long term purchases in different categories, and doesn't yell at me if I have a month when I decide to spend all my "going out" money on rum instead of food. It just means I have to use my "grocery" money more efficiently!
@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Okay, some food purchases may be frivolous, but fancy cheese is always worth it. ALWAYS.
By melis on Middle Class Snack Kids
"Hello, I'd like to major in...uh, I guess you would call it Lifestyle Maintenance? Whatever is going to keep me in vegan gelato."