Example: something you should have spent on but didn't?
None, I think I made all the best decisions I could have possibly made under those circumstances :) many of my friends regretted not switching to a high-yield saving account earlier or topping up their CPF, but I've done all the moment I could!
I seldom focus on regret. I look back on the past to learn from my mistakes instead.
But in terms of investing, yes I do have some regrets there, like not having started earlier, not having attended certain courses sooner, etc.
OH I just thought of one more, but this is not in my personal situation though.
Many people regret NOT having spent on insurance while they were healthy and had the chance to. So don't let that become a regret, remember to make sure you're well covered
Remember, in my guide to financial freedom, insurance and protection comes BEFORE investment! http://www.sgbudgetbabe.com/2016/05/the-road-to-financial-independence.html
(of course, don't overpay for insurance also lah. and I don't believe in mixing insurance and investment. I could have saved much more if I didn't buy my ILP back then! http://www.sgbudgetbabe.com/2016/10/why-i-cancelled-my-ilp-investment.html )
hmm actually its never too late to realize the importance of saving than never. so instead of thinking/focusing on the regrets. Why don't you explore more to improve ur furture :)
And plus everyone has a different lifestyle, so avoid comparing ur life to others, because having a negative mindset may actually make yourself feel bad and for some people they may ended up spending more when they are in foul mood. Even if you have plans for saving, do rem to save a bucket to enjoy life. Life is short. You gonna to be happy so that you can enjoy the fruits of your investment.
I would prefer to look at those mistake(s) we made in our saving path as a reminder & learn how to improve from there.
Maybe don't focus on regret because we cannot turn back time.
Let's start saving now, it's never too late.
I regret focusing on saving during my university years. Of course the benefit is that it cultivates good habits. However, rather than saving pennies, if you ask me now I rather spend to get experience when you have the luxury of time. Being full time working parents now, it's hard to take a short break to explore the different culture in other countries.
I definitely regretted that I was too nice. Saved up the money, only to lend to other people who couldn’t be disciplined to save. and I can be quite extreme to save, ie, don’t go out “gaigai”, hangout with friends, etc.