I’m terrible with money.
I have ‘La Mer’ tastes and a ‘Suave’ budget. Those who have shopped with me know that this is not always intentional. I can walk into a store like TJ Maxx and I have this super power where I can pick out, without looking at labels, the $129 handbag instead of the $29 one I can afford. It’s a gift.
I’m often flabbergasted at how I can get paid on Monday and be totally broke by Tuesday, forcing me to furiously search for loose change in my car so that I can feed my caffeine addiction.
I have many addictions, apart from coffee, that continuously drain me of funds. Food addictions, notebook addictions, pen addictions, make-up addictions. I’m addicted to addictions. I need help. I need an intervention.
Recently after having a conversation about the possibility and logistics of panhandling for spending money, a dear friend of mine emailed me a simple Excel spreadsheet to help with my financial follies. After a week of strictly adhering to my new budget, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw real cash monies inside of my wallet- on a Sunday night no less!
I was hooked! Managing my finances was now attainable. I found this great little app called Pocket Expense that helps me track my expenses quickly and easily right on my phone. I love it. Thanks to my intervention, I was saved.
Now that my budget is under control, I find that I’m more confident and I have more brain power to channel into the more positive things in my life. All this positive energy has now become, for lack of a better word… an addiction.
If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.” – Edmund Burke