I remember when I worked at a chain restaurant back in college and I swore money grew on trees.
I was spending all over the place, and always had my hair and nails done. But when I had my mind set on a specific goal — buying my very first car — I began to budget myself.
And it really paid off.
Working The ‘Hot Mess’ Look
My hair went from Farah Fawcett to under the faucet the minute I decided to save up for my first car.
I discontinued my weekly hair appointments and dyed my hair dark with an at-home kit. My nails were brittle from wearing fakes ones for so long. The only luxury I paid for was my eyebrows every two weeks — a total of $10 per visit, including tip.
Skipping lunch at school wasn’t really a problem since I would have a big breakfast in the morning. Most of the days I spent in class, and in between I was focused on upcoming projects and homework. So food was the last thing on my mind.
Oh, to go back to those crazy days.
I doubt I could do it again. I drink/eat something every 10-15 minutes now that I’m home with the boys.
When you are 100% committed to attaining a goal, you place your focus on reaching it.
There are many perks to reaching a specific goal. Below is a list of the ones I’ve come to realize throughout the years:
1. You feel accomplished.
2. You learn to discipline yourself.
3. You make the most out of your given situation.
4. You realize you’ve been spending way too much money/time on unnecessary things.
5. You appreciate the simple things a lot more.
6. You get very creative.
7. You learn new skills instead of paying someone else to do the task for you.
Have you ever tried budgeting yourself?