What I Didn't Spend Money On Yesterday

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What I Didn't Spend Money On Yesterday
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Tue, 10-02-2012 - 9:42am

I hope it's okay to post things that are money related but not truly debt related over here.  If not and there is a better place, please let me know.  Thanks.

I am a huge wrestling fan.  I have been one for so long I really cannot remember a time when I wasn't.  I don't go to many shows, though, because the cheap seats are so far up that if I am going to go, I might as well stay home and watch it on TV since I end up watching the screen anyway.  One of my favorite things to do, though, is meet wrestlers. 

Next weekend Comic Con is in NYC.  I was going to buy a ticket but didn't because there wasn't anyone there that I thought was worth spending money on - until yesterday.  They announced that my one of my favorite wrestlers was going to be there for an autograph signing and as luck would have it, the tickets are all sold out.  I cannot tell you how bummed out I was about that because I have been dreaming (yes, really dreaming) about meeting him and telling him how much I like him.  So I looked around and found tickets on Stub Hub yesterday - 2 tickets for $400.00.  Oh I could just envision myself going up to him, telling him my little shpeil and getting my picture taking with him.  I took many, many, MANY deep breaths and reminded myself of this board and the reason for me being here.  I left the Stub Hub page, cried silently to myself (okay maybe not but I wanted to) and decided to wait until next year when he will be back again and I have time to save up the money. 

The old me would have bought those tickets in a heart beat and said eh, what's a little bit more debt.  But the voices of everyone on this page made me change my tune.

Thank you!

Michele

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Registered: 02-11-2006
Tue, 10-02-2012 - 11:29am
Yay for a no-spending victory!! Celebrate all the baby steps you are taking toward being debt free!
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Registered: 07-24-1997
Tue, 10-02-2012 - 12:20pm

YES!!!  That is exactly the kind of behavior change you need to make!

The idea that we're "entitled" to things that are really luxuries is what keeps people from getting out of debt. 

The biggest mental change I made about getting out of debt was giving up the idea that I was entitled to the job of my choice.  As long as I was forgoing the opportunity to make more money because I liked not having to work as many hours, I was acting entitled.  It sounds strange, because what I was choosing was a lifestyle with less money, but guess what - the only person that was important to was ME, and I'm the breadwinner for a family of five.  So I gave up the idea that I was entitled to be home more, changed careers, and buckled down to getting out of debt.  And I have never regretted it.  You won't regret the changes either!

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Registered: 08-25-2006
Tue, 10-02-2012 - 6:10pm
Good for you! We love going to concerts, so instead of $100 concerts we go to the cheaper ones at the fair or casino. For $10 each we are going to a concert this weekend to see 3 cover bands. Hey, may not be the real McCoy, but for $20 I will take it!

Serenity
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Registered: 04-10-2003
Tue, 10-02-2012 - 7:39pm
Good for you! One step at a time!

Bex -

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Registered: 11-14-2008
Wed, 10-03-2012 - 10:29am
A true though process for wants vs needs. Good for you. It does get easier, especially when the balance goes down.