This sounds like a weird sentence- but sometimes I need to remind myself of it.
A good friend of mine was recently debating leaving her job. She had another lined up to start in a few months, but she was pretty miserable there. She has an excellent savings account and knew that she wouldn’t struggle bridging the gap, but still had trouble pulling the trigger and quitting.
Of course, she did (because you can only have your soul sucked out by a job you don’t like and don’t need for so long), and her story reminded me that sometimes money is there to spend it.
So this post goes out to all the money hoarders out there. I feel you. I get super wrapped up in watching different savings and investment accounts grow and the thought of touching them makes me literally nauseous.
Even over the last summer and this past winter, I went into those seasons fully expecting to withdraw from my emergency savings to get through them and felt sick about it. I even padded that account going into those layoff periods.
And then I still didn’t want to touch it.
Now clearly, there’s nothing wrong with being a hustler. And there’s nothing wrong with being motivated to make more. But there are times when you hit a point of “what on earth is all this for?”
And the answer, for me, is to spend it.
Spend it carefully. And wisely. And always save for that rainy day (flat tire, surprise appendectomy, kid’s college fund). But spend it! There’s no point in dying with a ton of money left.
Personally, I’ve had one of those weeks this week. We’ve had several days off in an awesome city (San Antonio) and we’ve spent most of it wandering the city and drinking heavily… which certainly adds up. I did some math on what I spent this week and had a “woah” moment before I realized it really didn’t matter. I’m not only hitting all my savings goals for this year so far, I’m exceeding them. So the fact that I’ve dropped like $250 in 3 days when I’d usually spend less than $50 isn’t something to lose sleep over.
And also lost a Fitbit. I’m a little sad about the Fitbit. But again, if I replace it, it’s not like it’s a huge expense.
To be fair, everything about this post is something that you get to revel in after building a solid financial footing. There have absolutely been times in my life when I couldn’t quit the job I hated and I couldn’t randomly drink my way through the Riverwalk 3 days in a row. But I got from that point in life to this one and you can too!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be checking out the best deals I can get on a new Fitbit using Raise discount giftcards and clicking through eBates – because there’s still no reason to spend more than you need to on something. ;o)