Would you rather have more time or more money?

I’m sure we’d all scream: BOTH! BOTH! like kids in a candy store, but if you had to choose one over the other what would it be?

When I was in debt, I wanted more money. I didn’t care about hours, burn out, being frustrated, stressed, tired and annoyed all the time.

I was in debt and I wanted out.

Now that I’m out of debt, I want more time.

Time is one of those tricky resources. It’s so finite.

You can always make more money but you cannot get back the time you’ve spent working or wasting your life away.

I know it’s silly to hear me say “you can always make more money” when I personally know of 5 cases where that is not true, and they’re struggling to make ends meet, but I wonder about the situation:

  • Can they really not even pick up a part-time job on the weekends or at nights?
  • Are they being too picky about what’s being offered out there? (No, seriously)
  • Did they just live the high life for 20 years only to see it crash down around them, with no emergency savings?

These are all factors that are not far off in my 5 case scenario above. Every family/couple/person I talked to, said: I only wish I had saved more money aside for emergencies.

So those people? Yeah, they want more money.

Me, I’m happy to be able to have the choice of choosing between both, and willingly going with time.

What about you? Money or time?

About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.