I used to try to avoid going out to eat. It’s not that I didn’t like restaurants, it’s just that I found it hard to rationalize them on a tight budget.
More than that, though, the idea of its transience bothered me. I would go out, enjoy a nice meal, and then what? That would be it. It was a single event, and then it would pass. I felt like it made a lot more sense to spend my money on things that would last instead of one-time experiences like restaurants.
This cost-benefit analysis is a good thing to think about when you have limited funds. You can’t do everything, so you need to choose. And my decision was to choose the option that provided the greatest benefit over the longest period of time. My mantra effectively was: favor things over experiences.