There are people who claim that ‘self-care’ requires wasting money.
They’ll encourage you to “treat yourself!,” because “you deserve it!”
Buy those shoes! Enjoy that upscale sushi restaurant! Upgrade to the nicer, newer car! You work hard. You deserve it!
Uh-huh.You know what else you deserve?
You deserve the relief that comes from wiping out a debt.
You deserve the joy that comes from buying an investment or a rental property.
You deserve the pride that comes from maxing out your contributions to a retirement account.
You deserve the stress relief that comes from taking a long walk in the park while listening to an audiobook, or taking a yoga class, or enjoying a hard workout at the gym.