Research Says: Buy the Flour + Water Dinner, Not the Chair

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She's laughing with her salad because she didn't buy that Audi after all.
A couple weeks ago, New York magazine ran a profile of "young foodies" who shocked the reporter by spending up to 25 percent of their disposable income on restaurants and artisanal, well, anything. Twenty-five percent! 

As the New York Times recently reported, a new study conducted by a group of San Francisco State University researchers has found that these spendthrift food types may be happier because of it. The researchers asked 10,000 people to fill out a survey about personality and purchasing habits. The respondents who spent their money on things -- practical or no -- tended to be less satisfied with their lives, while those who spent more money on experiences like meals and travel were more outgoing, bigger risk takers, and more content. Screw that car repair -- SFoodie is contemplating making reservations at La Folie as we speak. Who needs brakes?

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John Swanda
John Swanda

I think the conclusions of this study aren't necessarily true. I recently replaced an old, uncomfortable mattress with a new one, and I am much more satisfied and content with getting much better sleep at night for the next few years than I would spending $1000 on restaurant meals. 

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