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.
Former B2B editor and marketer turned Family & Lifestyle blogger. Fatima is passionate about life and being social.
When she isn't running around with her husband, three kids, and two pups, Fatima helps other bloggers and local businesses with their online marketing strategy.
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