Is it worth it? It’s a question I ask myself a lot (aside from “Do I need it?”) before buying something.
For years, I would struggle with the idea that spending in general was bad, and you should do everything in your power to save and invest your money. Those were the smart things to do after all, right?
Well yes, saving and investing are great things to do with your money, but you shouldn’t feel guilty or ashamed for spending your hard earned money too!
But, it’s all about practicing value-based spending that’s the key. And what I mean by that is being more mindful of your spending, so you’re spending money on things that align with your values, bring you joy and fulfill you. Also, making sure that you’re not overspending, spending beyond your means and getting into debt, or spending your money on stuff because you want to look like you’re on trend or one of the cool kids so to speak.
Spending, just like other parts of personal finance is personal. And it’s important to remember that.
So, what does value-based spending look like? Well, that’s why I started this new series called “Is It Worth It?” I want to show you some of the things I buy that align with my values. Or, things that I think will align with my values, but end up being a total waste of money (so take it from me, don’t buy them too!).
For my first video in the series, I share my experience trying out a MyHeritage DNA Test. I’ve always been very interested in learning more about my background, so I decided to spend about $160 to see what results I got back.
In the end, was it worth it? I had to say yes, but not because getting the results changed my life. In the end, it was just a bit of fun for me and my family. It brought me joy. And although it was almost $200, to me it was worth the money (and I could afford it, that’s why I budget!).
Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever tried a heritage DNA test before and what you thought of it. Was it worth it for you?
Read my blog post that goes with this video: https://jessicamoorhouse.com/heritage-dna-test-worth-money/
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