"what could be a bigger boost to your quality of life than financial independence? A big house? A fancy car? Spending every weekend out on the town? A bigger television? A faster computer? There is no right answer, because there is no possible material item anywhere in the world that could possibly make you happier than being free of whatever chains currently hold you down.
[...] Be aware of what really makes you happy and maximize your spending in those areas. Trim back the areas that make no difference to your well being. [...] I'm not really delaying gratification by budgeting, saving and investing. Every single day is gratification because I know all of these steps are bringing me one step closer to what's truly gratifying and rewarding: complete and utter freedom!"