This is a really good question. Can money buy happiness? I think the answer to this question is going to vary depending on the age of the person you ask.
I really do feel when you’re young and in love, most people feel that “all you need is love.” As we age we learn very quickly that love doesn’t pay the rent or put food on your table. That if you don’t work for the things you want, you will have to go without. Unless you beg, borrow or steal them.
Paul and I have had many “lean” years where we really struggled to make our payments. When you have orthodontist bills and glasses to buy. Two kids playing sports and eating us out of house and home. For many years we lived payday to payday. I would much rather be able to pay my bills than not. If you’re afraid to answer the phone thinking it’s a bill collector, that’s not much fun and I think that “crankiness” can bleed over into your love of your mate.
I’m not saying you need to be a millionaire but for me, I’ve been on both sides of this fence and I’m much happier and my emotional well being is best when the house payment has been made, my car runs and my fridge is full and I have a little stash in the bank.
How about you?