This week, former financial planner Joe Saul-Sehy and I answer 4 questions from the Afford Anything community.
We chat about how to control lifestyle inflation, how to break up with a financial planner, how to invest your first $10,000, and whether or not sector-specific or theme-specific funds are a good idea.
#1: Laura is transitioning to a new job, and she’s discovered that her new responsibilities require some lifestyle inflation. She needs work-appropriate clothing, for example; she can’t wear leggings everyday anymore. She and her husband are going to need two cars, instead of one. And she’s ordering restaurant delivery more often, because she doesn’t have time to cook.
She recognizes that lifestyle inflation is unavoidable, and she’s curious: what’s legitimate and what’s not? What’s the difference between healthy lifestyle inflation vs. over-the-top upscaling?