Eamon | 22 | Brooklyn

Eamon talking about his biggest spending regret.

Photo credit: Ramsay de Give

What’s your biggest spending regret?
A single purchase, or can it be a trend?

Sure. It can be a trend.
In the past, I spent a lot of money on alcohol.

When did that start?
Starting in high school, but not so much then because I didn’t have a lot of disposable income; during college for the most part.

Did you spend money going out, or was it buying stuff for parties?
It would be a mix of both. So I would try to conserve money by buying alcohol to pregame with—you know, with friends and suite mates. But then, you know, drinking isn’t necessarily conducive to being smart about your money once you’re out. So then, since I would have lower inhibitions, I would just spend money with no regret.

It sounds like this has changed. Did that change happen because of an event, or just growing up?
I would say mostly just growing up. There wasn’t one specific event; just changing my environment and the people I surround myself with, and finding things I like to do that make me feel good.

Have you seen a difference in your budget?
Oh definitely. I mean I’m not fabulously wealthy by any means, but I don’t feel like I’m running out of money constantly.

What do you spend your money on now?
Normal people things—food, books, that’s pretty much it.

Have you read any good books lately?
Yeah, I just read this nonfiction book called The Shallows. It’s all about how the Internet is changing our brains.