It also occurs to me that I'm probably not cut out for frugal living. We're still doing the financial fast in October.
However, in the end, I'm a hedonist. I love pleasure. Things that pleasure me makes me happy. When I sit on my Crate & Barrel sofa, it makes me happy how soft and well built it is. I love my dresses. My wonderful shoes. I love eating good food. Yesterday we went to foreign & domestic, and ate venison hearts, fried pig ears, carrot cake sundae, squid ink, scallops, lard butter, soda bread, oxtail.
I love reading books, and drinking a chai. Beaches and sailing. Going on new experiences, and kayaking down rivers, and staying at the Four Seasons, and going to Fetes and fundraisers.
I love watching dance and theatre from the front seats where I can see their expressions.
So ideally, my job income should not go below a certain level to support the pleasures I want. Sigh. What is this level for me? I think maybe 50k, that's enough for my expenses, and pleasure. It's a high figure for some, and low for others. Depends on your debts, expenses, children, etc. But I think it's a good baseline for me.
On other news, the Wall Street Journal thinks inflation has been flat for the last few years.