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I would say a majority of the pushback I get about budgeting is that it is a very limiting practice. I have also read elsewhere from those who do not enjoy budgets whatsoever (HOW?!) that budgeting brings in an element of guilt, causing failures to stick to the budget to bring shame and condemnation to the person who can’t make it work. But I am here to tell you that doesn’t need to happen, and you can still enjoy budgeting as much as a double scoop ice cream cone on a hot summer afternoon.
Go Spend Some Money
I am mandating this weekend a weekend to SPEND YOUR FREAKING MONEY! PLEASE!!!!
Many people wrongly interpret budgeting as the practice of removing everything fun from your budget so you can save billions into your retirement account to blow when you’re old enough to have a walker. FALSE. Budgeting is the act of assigning your dollars an identity so they go to the right places and STOP going to the wrong places. And the “right” places include spending money on stuff that you love to do.
So I want everyone who reads this to do something that may seem a bit counter intuitive. Go out this weekend, and spend money on something you want. PLEASE. Go buy that wicked awesome pair of shoes you have been eyeing. Pull out some cash and go to the ballgame. Go grab a pair of tickets to that Justin Bieber concert and burn them so at least two less sets of ears will be violated. Just please go spend some money to enjoy yourself, completely guilt-free, and laugh the night away. Remember that feeling, because that is exactly what budgeting should fee like.
Spending Is Not A Bad Thing, Wasting Is
The enemy of saving is not spending, it’s wasting. You should enjoy spending your money. The transaction between merchant and buyer should be mutually enjoyable. You get something you want at a fair price that’s in your budget, and they make a sale and a profit. It should be a win-win. But when you’re spending on junk you don’t actually care about, and wasting hundreds or dollars per month, that’s when you are shooting yourself in the foot. Just cut the crap and start spending on the cool stuff, things that fit in your priorities. Then you can enjoy spending more on stuff you care about, and saving more at the same time.
So go ahead. Spend some money this weekend. AND ENJOY IT! That’s what budget is all about. AND LET ME KNOW HOW IT GOES 🙂
Disclaimer: Obviously, common sense should be employed when spending money this weekend. Don’t spend your rent money, don’t waste money allocated for necessities. But please enjoy yourself. 🙂