Savoring: The Key to Stretching Your Dollar


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    • Vicki

      Great article and great tips. Looking at all your photos is helping me savor the memories from MY trip to Iceland! Also, my brother has always made fun of me for how slowly I eat chocolate cake but now I know I was right all along to savor it :)

    • Val

      Always a great reminder – thanks!

    • Ellie

      I’m savored the idea from the author of this article. :)

    • Katherene

      Sounds like and looks like you ladies really had an awesome trip.  Only one problem you forgot to invitel me.  Next time. :)

    • Mich

      Thanks for sharing the photos along with your article! I enjoyed them! And I really enjoy LearnVest! Thank you to everyone on your team!

    • Steve27kdr

      I know plenty of wealthy people that savor and bless their food and lead extra-ordinary lives.  From personal experience I am much happier when I am creating more money in my life.  The amount of money I create for myself is in direct proportion to the value I create in other people’s lives.  When I am broke, it means I am doing a poor job of serving my community.  Creating more wealth in our lives gives us greater freedom to choose different experiences.   A person who is broke may savor their dollar meal at McDonalds but I highly doubt they would not be happier enjoying a healthy meal, that may cost 10 times as much.  Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the experiments the scientists ran were completely biased and do not represent true double blind scientifc research

    • How fun!!

    • CrankyFranky

      agreed – comes to mind a single slice of perfect prosciutto – to be savoured – like How French Women Don’t Get Fat – enjoy fatty foods – in tiny portions – one square of rich chocolate.

      Like meditation – focus on one thing, give it your full attention, and enjoy the moment – I often pick up a perfect fallen leaf, or flower, and give it to my partner as a gift of the beauty of nature.

      I think the opposite of savouring is addiction – where people just inhale large quantities – not for enjoyment, but to distract them from some emotion in the rat-cage of their mind.

      Relax – the best things in life are free – falling into the hedonist treadmill trap of having to work ever harder so you can spend money you don’t have to buy stuff you don’t need to impress people you don’t like, is a recipe for pain.

      Time with loved ones – show them how you care by talking with them and giving (inexpensive, things that take time to create) – and they in turn will tend to shower you with love and pleasures.

      The longest-lasting happiness comes not from taking – but from giving and helping others.

    • the_leaky_pen

      This article reminded me to savor the Rooibos tea I’m drinking while reading through LearnVest articles!

    • I would say that #2 is the most powerful in your list. As soon as we think about money, we think about what we should be doing, or what money will allow us to do in the near or not so near future. Money takes us away from the immediate because it makes the immediate feel like it’s not enough.

      This post made me think of the book “Money And The Meaning of Life”. It’s a tough read but the messages echo what you are saying here. Money as a symbol is more distracting than we like to admit to ourselves and others. It shapes how we think about life, ourselves and others. Yet, it’s a human construct. We give it power over our thoughts and actions. It’s bizarre when you think about it really.