When I came to Vietnam, I chose a more expensive ($1200/month) Airbnb to live in.

I figured if I spent a little more on accommodation with a spacious bedroom, a comfortable couch, a fully-equipped kitchen and a nice working table, it would help me focus more while working at home. That, to me, was a worthwhile investment.

But when I went to the supermarket to buy household supplies, I took an entirely different strategy — I chose the cheapest option, thinking it wasn’t necessary to splurge on these kinds of things.

I was wrong. My quality of life dropped.

The toothpaste I bought tasted like dirt. The sponge I bought for washing dishes ripped by the third wash. The shampoo I bought left my hair still feeling itchy.

And that’s when I realized: If I’m willing to spend more on accommodation, why am I holding back on all the things I use every single day?

The smaller things are often the things we take for granted. If we’re frugal on the things we use everyday, we sacrifice our quality of life for it and to me, it’s not worth the few dollars saved. I’d rather invest in a higher quality of life and a better state of mind so I can achieve even more.