I’m going to be honest. I’m rotten with money.
R O T T E N.
Knick knacks are my number one weakness and food comes in at a close second. I am a “comfort shopper” — I look for happiness in things when my anxiety is high and my mood low.
Problematic for many reasons, most of all being the fact that buying these things has yet to make me feel better long term — or hell, longer than 5 minutes after leaving the store. It’s a quick fix that provides a distraction. At least until I check my bank balance which will, without fail, result in lots of cringing, regret, anxiety, and of course, a touch of self hatred.
So I’m trying to come up with a plan.
(CONFESSION: I just had to stop myself from buying financial help books on Amazon because THAT’S THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO HERE, ANNA.)
I’ve always poked into the wonderful blog, “And Then We Saved,” always admiring Anna’s self control and ability to save, and always clicking away in shame… But the last couple of days I’ve been reading it inside out as I make a “financial freedom” plan of attack.
One big realization I’ve made lately is that I want the freedom that comes with having your finances under control. So far I’ve imprisoned myself in my spending behavior, repeating bad habits all the while longing to change. So that’s what I’m wanting to put down in words as a record right here: I will empower myself through the freedom that comes with healthy financial habits.
Maybe I’ll keep updates here, maybe not. But I owe it to myself to make note of it now. To hold myself accountable (pun 100% intended.).
Some rad resources & posts from And Then We Saved
- How to do a spending diet
- 58 Personal Finance Blogs & Sites
- How to prepare for a spending fast
- Bust Outta Debt Mega Resource Guide
“Making money is a hobby that will complement any other hobbies you have, beautifully.” -Scott Alexander