"Money can't buy happiness." I've heard it. I've said it. I believe it.
But money can make life a bit easier. There's the big stuff, of course: life is far less stressful when our basic needs of food and shelter are met. And money invested on other large expenses can create ease - a car for each driver, a bedroom for each person, the right tools for the job, and so on.
But there are small investments that can have an impact too.
I had two travel mugs for coffee. It seemed as if I was always pulling one out of the dishwasher and rinsing it out since it hadn't been washed yet or hunting around to find one that I left in my bag. It was a small problem that caused big frustration. The extra minute or two felt like a big deal. The $15 I spent on a third mug (thank you, Amazon!) was a great investment because it has made mornings easier.
It was the same type of situation with my daughter's leggings. She wears them almost every day, and buying one extra pair for $6 (thank you, Target!) made her mornings easier so she wasn't trying to figure out if all her pairs were still in the dirty laundry or had been washed.
A friend of mine buys veggie trays for her family, rather than cutting the veggies herself. She spends a few extra dollars each week to buy them pre-cut, but she saves time, ensures her family has healthy food on hand, and reduces the inevitable waste that results when cucumbers linger in the produce drawer in their plastic wrap.
As you go through your day, notice the hangups and annoyances. Is there a way you can throw money at the problem? A small purchase might have a big impact.
Invest in ease.
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