Hey girl, hey!
How many times have you been ready to turn up for the weekend, but after looking at your account balance your “turn down for what” mood quickly changes into “turn down for real”?
Listen… we’ve all been there and I can speak from personal experience. But just because your funds are low doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun weekend… it just takes a little creativity.
“So I’m supposed to go all weekend without spending anything, Elle?!”
Ummm…. Yeah, girlfriend!
I know, I know... just the mere thought of not spending any money can send some people into a full-blown panic attack, but it can be a lot easier than you think.
One thing you absolutely have to remember (especially as a beginner budgeter) is that financial freedom is a marathon, not a sprint. Just as you wouldn’t go to the gym for 30 days and expect to have your perfect, ideal body… the same works for budgeting. The key is to keep going.
When you’re first starting out, budgeting can seem scary, overwhelming, and sometimes downright painful, but girlfriend… no pain, no gain… right?! I’ve had people adamantly express to me how they’ve been budgeting faithfully for 3. whole. months. but cannot understand why they can’t do all the traveling, all the shopping, all the ballin’ out they want to do.
But the fact of the matter is… there has to be some sacrificing initially to get to where you want to be ultimately.
How can you enjoy the fruits of your labor when your “labor” is minimal or non-existent?
No hunty, it takes real work and dedication to get to the enjoyable side of your financial situation, and you have to be realistic about your expectations.
How long did it take you to rack up that credit card debt?
How long have you been indulging in poor money management habits?
How long have you been disregarding your financial obligations only to satisfy your needs for instant gratification by spending money on things that 1 month, 6 months, or a year from now will basically be...meaningless?
So in all honesty, you’re setting yourself up for failure thinking that you can erase all the financial damage you’ve done your entire life with just a couple months of budgeting. Nah girlfriend… not gon happen. I’m being blunt because there’s no time for sugar coating.
It takes several months, sometimes years to see real changes in your finances... but that is solely with steadfast consistency. And anything worth having is definitely worth working and waiting for… right?
The keyword here is: SACRIFICE….
Say it with me… SAC-RI-FICE. (Yeah.. you got it!)
In order to change your whole financial situation, you must change your whole mindset. Budgeting is a lifestyle change… not a diet.
So don’t worry about where Erica and Lisa are going this weekend and what they’re spending.