Did you spring clean your finances? Were you able to take a good look at your expenditures and trim some of the fat out of your monthly expenses? If you have done this successfully, I bet you are feeling pretty light right now. In fact, you are probably walking around with a spring in your step! It’s amazing how good lightening up your budget can make you feel! Before people start on this process they actually tend to think that putting themselves on a tighter budget will make them feel weighed down and restricted, but once they get started they realize that it actually has quite the opposite effect.
And once you have pushed past those first steps, you will find not only does it feel surprisingly good, but it gets easier. And not only does it get easier, but you get better at it. That frugal muscle begins to awaken and gain strength. And, by golly, not only is saving money not a chore, but it begins to become fun! You will start to examine each expenditure in a new light. You will find yourself looking for more ways to save. How can you cut back even further?
Once you come out of that fog or never-ending consumerism your brain chemistry will begin to change. You will no longer take your satisfaction from acquiring more and more stuff and making all those daily instant pleasure purchases, but rather in the feeling of pride and contentment that you are living a full life without needing to spend money like that.
As you gain control over your finances, get out from under that heavy debt, and begin to see your savings grow, you will delight in the peace of mind that your new frugal lifestyle has brought you. “Stuff” is no match for this joyful feeling of gratification. This will strengthen your resolve to save even more. Once you get the “snowball” going in the right direction there’s no stopping you! Who wants to go back to being buried under that avalanche of debt and stress.? You are free!
Now you will stop and think about each purchase with what I call the Super Sliding Scale of Savings. It goes something like this:
The more times you can make it all the way to step 6, the better off you will be and the happier and more content you will become.
So keep on flexing that frugal muscle! You will continue to grow stronger financially and lighter in your outlook and step. Here’s to financial fitness!