So, I have this problem…
For some reason, when I can’t spend time relaxing (or when I can’t find relaxing things to do when I have free time), it seems to reflect a lot in my spending whether it was budgeted for or not. Maybe you have the same problem – the most common way it rears its head is in over-eating out and visiting too many restaurants.
Where I Get the Money From
No, it’s not in the budget. This is spending beyond the $20 weekly allowance, and even beyond the $3 latte I might sneak off the gas card at the end of pay period when there is overlap. This is money I make up out of thin air by ignoring my other responsibilities.
Yes, I feel kind of dirty admitting to this.
There’s something about working a lot that seems to convince me that I deserve to spend money.
Someone walk me through this!
I work to make money so I can save money. This is a very open goal of mine. And yet my brain seems to think that the more I work the more I can spend!
What Do You Think?
This whole scenario reminds me of a post on minimalism by J.Money.
I won’t pretend to be a minimalist — others do it much better than I — but this point really hits home for me when I get on a Stuff-Bender. The general concept is this: The more I spend, the more money I “need” to make to save.
So, when I work so hard for the cash, but then spend the cash on things, that’s the same cash that otherwise would still be in my pocket.
It’s so simple. Which makes it even more embarrassing.