If you’re a regular Complex reader, chances are you drop a sizable chunk of your meager, hard-earned paycheck on concert tickets, weed, sneakers, and whatever garment onto which Supreme most recently smacked its logo. In other words, you might not have this whole spending money responsibly thing down.
But who can blame you? Success is a lifestyle (I read that on a poster once), and women don’t sleep with guys whose mothers still buy their clothes (I heard that from my mother once). But while staying consistently fashion-forward each day ain’t cheap, nobody’s going to care what you’re wearing when you collapse from starvation. In other words, maybe it’s time to reexamine some of the non-essentials.
Do you own more than 10 polo shirts, despite being neither a professional golfer nor a Saudi prince? Do you go drop hundos on decorative candles? (There are literally 8 articles on this website about candles.) Are you saving up for a Yeezy crewneck instead of eating breakfast? Did you spend a month’s rent on a Canada Goose jacket? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to give yourself a long hard look in the mirror. And then keep reading.
Look, I’m not here to judge. I spend more money at Starbucks every year than I put into my savings account. My most recent Amazon Prime purchase was Nevertheless: A Memoir by Alec Baldwin. My spending habits make Kanye appear frugal, and he once spent $350K to have a people paint a massive ceiling mural in his home depicting him ascending to the heavens, carried in the arms of an angel. On second thought, that sounds like a pretty good purchase, but I digress.
Start with this list for some suggestions regarding how to spend money on things other than booze and clothes for once. Or don’t. What do I know? I dress like the grumpy upstairs neighbor from a '90s sitcom.