Recently I ran into an old friend. I don't see her very often, but I hear about her through the grapevine from time to time. She is a lovely person with a great family and many talents. She and her husband are also quite wealthy. They own at least two multi-million dollar homes (I think there's also a large cabin out there somewhere), they travel the world on a pretty regular basis and drive very nice cars. But if you just met her at the grocery store, you would really never know they were loaded. They don't talk about their possessions or travel and don't dress in an expensive way either. They are just good people -- even their children are delightful, which I think is a quite an accomplishment when you have lots of money.
A few years ago, a mutual friend mentioned that this family earns about $3,000,000 per year. I did the math and that works out to $250,000/month! Of course, they lose probably half of that to the IRS, but still. That's a lot of moo-la. I find it interesting to see what people spend their money on.
If you had millions to spend, what would you do with it? Would you be quietly generous? Would you flash it around in certain ways? Would you just buy stuff just because you could? I hope I would be frugal still and be a good steward with what I had. I know I would travel. And I'd probably still watch for cheap fares and good deals at hotels. In that vein, here is a interesting blog, Help Me Travel Cheap, that I recently found that helps those of us who are still working for a living, travel the world without breaking the bank. Being able to travel and experience new places, makes me feel like my life is wealthy. Maybe you feel that way too.