What did you buy on Black Friday? Anything? Did you fight the throngs of shoppers willing to be disrespectful and push you aside all for $500 worth of plastic, diodes and computer chips, otherwise known as a TV? I’ve never been one for crowds in shopping malls, crammed parking lots or people that will push and shove all in the name of a deal.
Let’s marinate on that for a moment.
Pushing and shoving for a deal.
People would argue they need to push and shove for the deals because they need to save every penny that they can. Hmmm…think on that methodology for a quick sec. If you need to save money, why are you even out spending?
It has taken me a while but that’s my A-HA moment. The joy of coming to the realization that you should not be out, or online spending, and it is a blissful realization. When it takes you a while to come to the aforementioned realization, the bliss is all the sweeter…and, er…broker. So drum roll please…
I beat Black Friday! And the entire weekend of sales for that matter.
What was my Black Friday spending? $6.74.
Yep, you read correctly, the shopaholic Spenderella is on her way to being a frugaholic. I spent $6.74 on a cat scratcher that was in dire need of replacement for Miss Maggie Magoo the wonder budget kitty. She still prefers sleeping in cardboard boxes and has a penchant for the simplest and most basic of toys. God love her! Strange when your cat is teaching you frugalism and minimalism. Sheesh.
How did I do it?
I focused on other activities, like work.
I went for a long walk when I felt the need to surf the ‘net.
I kept the computer off as much as I could. I did catch myself for 15 minutes surfing some Black Friday sales until a little voice in my head said, “Are we going to waste an hour doing this like we’ve done for far too many days in the past. Stop wasting your life on mindless activities.”
No joke and no kidding – that was the message going through my brain.
What if you get really, really tempted?
And I did. I was very tempted to buy a bomber jacket that I had wanted very badly. Notice the wording? WANTED. Again, the little voice came out of nowhere and told me “This will solve nothing. Stop digging.”
Throughout the weekend, thoughts of true success and why I was feeling unfulfilled in life danced through my mind. Maybe it wasn’t all work related, could it possibly be because I have never really been successful with my finances? I thought to myself, what is the one thing that would make my parents feel proud of their daughter? The one thing that would make her successful in their eyes, what would that be? Can you imagine what my brain said?
Financial freedom. Being financially free, on my own again and living MY life, not the bank’s interest charging life.
I found another WHY for my finances, achieving freedom not only for myself, but so that my parents can be extra proud of their daughter.
Now that’s budgetary bliss. That, and having a stellar budget month for November. Can’t wait to share the numbers!
Your turn, dish it! Did you spend on Black Friday? Did you set a budget for the day and refuse to go over it?
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