Go Spend Your Money PLEASE!

Go Spend Your Money PLEASE!

Drop some cash!

Drop some cash!


I would say a majority of the pushback I get about budgeting is that it is a very limiting practice. I have also read elsewhere from those who do not enjoy budgets whatsoever (HOW?!) that budgeting brings in an element of guilt, causing failures to stick to the budget to bring shame and condemnation to the person who can’t make it work. But I am here to tell you that doesn’t need to happen, and you can still enjoy budgeting as much as a double scoop ice cream cone on a hot summer afternoon.

Go Spend Some Money

I am mandating this weekend a weekend to SPEND YOUR FREAKING MONEY! PLEASE!!!!

Many people wrongly interpret budgeting as the practice of removing everything fun from your budget so you can save billions into your retirement account to blow when you’re old enough to have a walker. FALSE. Budgeting is the act of assigning your dollars an identity so they go to the right places and STOP going to the wrong places. And the “right” places include spending money on stuff that you love to do.

So I want everyone who reads this to do something that may seem a bit counter intuitive. Go out this weekend, and spend money on something you want. PLEASE. Go buy that wicked awesome pair of shoes you have been eyeing. Pull out some cash and go to the ballgame. Go grab a pair of tickets to that Justin Bieber concert and burn them so at least two less sets of ears will be violated. Just please go spend some money to enjoy yourself, completely guilt-free, and laugh the night away. Remember that feeling, because that is exactly what budgeting should fee like.

Spending Is Not A Bad Thing, Wasting Is

The enemy of saving is not spending, it’s wasting. You should enjoy spending your money. The transaction between merchant and buyer should be mutually enjoyable. You get something you want at a fair price that’s in your budget, and they make a sale and a profit. It should be a win-win. But when you’re spending on junk you don’t actually care about, and wasting hundreds or dollars per month, that’s when you are shooting yourself in the foot. Just cut the crap and start spending on the cool stuff, things that fit in your priorities. Then you can enjoy spending more on stuff you care about, and saving more at the same time.

So go ahead. Spend some money this weekend. AND ENJOY IT! That’s what budget is all about. AND LET ME KNOW HOW IT GOES πŸ™‚

Disclaimer: Obviously, common sense should be employed when spending money this weekend. Don’t spend your rent money, don’t waste money allocated for necessities. But please enjoy yourself. πŸ™‚

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  1. I almost always feel bad when I spend money. It’s a horrible feeling!
    Michelle recently posted..Simple Ways YOU Can Get Rich SlowlyMy Profile

    • NOOOOOOOO! STOP THE SHAME! you should spend money and enjoy it. That’s the whole point of budgeting! πŸ™‚

      I enjoy spending dollars on fun stuff that I budgeted for. And even if I didn’t, if it’s important to me, I’ll adjust my budget to make it fit in, and spend less elsewhere πŸ™‚

      You don’t have any consumer debt and make a ton of money. You should REALLY enjoy spending more πŸ™‚

  2. Definitely an important message. I remember first reading about conscious spending from Ramit Sethi, and it was pretty eye-opening. All of a sudden budgeting wasn’t just a way to limit myself, it was a way to channel my spending towards things I actually cared about. When you think of it that way, some of the actual process still might be difficult but the end goal is much more positive.
    Matt Becker recently posted..A Money Lesson For Me and My NieceMy Profile

    • I should probably read some Ramit Sethi, sounds like we’ve got a lot in common πŸ™‚

      Spending is required, and it might as well be on stuff you enjoy. I mean, I guess if you enjoy hoarding and living in a cave, then do that. But most enjoy putting their buying power toward stuff they like, but end up wasting it on crap they don’t care about.

  3. You sound like my wife. πŸ˜‰
    Nick @ ayoungpro.com recently posted..Does Passion Matter? How to Find Your Dream JobMy Profile

  4. Hey.. give me your money mate and I’ll spend it for ya!!! I agree. When we hardly saved anything in June it was because we renovated the landscaping which cost us over $3000 and the dog had surgery but it happens. We have to spend money sometimes and it will bust the budget and it’s not the end of the world as long as there is a plan to pick up the pieces. There’s nothing wrong with a splurge. So, cash is fine.. any denominations just let me know when you want to send it my way.. ha! Have a good one!
    Canadianbudgetbinder recently posted..June 2013 net worth update: Everything is not lost (+0.09%)My Profile

  5. I couldn’t agree more that spending isn’t a bad thing. That’s why we save, ultimately – to eventually spend it! Even if that eventually happens to be in our retirement. I love spending on things that mean something to me.
    Tushar @ Everything Finance recently posted..7 Inexpensive Gifts You Can Give AnyoneMy Profile

    • Yup! If retirement is important, then save toward that. But ultimately the money goes somewhere. Might as well enjoy it πŸ™‚

      For me, I want to spend wisely and also save for future generations, so they can spend wisely and enjoy it, etc, etc.

  6. I started the weekend by putting half down ($2,658) on a new air conditioner so I’m definitely taking the “spend some money” mentality to heart. Haha.

    • Wow, I didn’t know A/C was that pricey! But hey, with the heatwaves going on, those are VITAL! Did you use your emergency funds? Or have it already budgeted for? πŸ™‚

      • I’d been planning for it for a long time so I had the money saved. Of course now that it’s all installed (it took 4 days!), the weather changed from July to October-like. Perfect.

        Also, the reason it was that expensive is that I have hot water heat which means no ductwork. The price included installing ductwork plus an air handler and compressor.

  7. I think budgeting is not about controlling spending; it’s about understanding your spending, shining a light on it, so you can see clearly whether your spending fits with your long-term goals. If it doesn’t, you’re inspired to make changes!
    Kurt @ Money Counselor recently posted..When Will You Be Debt Free?My Profile

  8. “The enemy of saving is not spending, it’s wasting” Amen to that. Creating a budget is like creating your truth. It’s what is real and and true and it’s just staring you in the face. I think that’s hard for a lot of people…to really see what is coming in and out. I think people often view it as some sort of prison sentence, but over time you get used to it and adjusted. It was hard for me at first as well…to see what I really made. But now having those boundaries makes me think about what is most important when it comes to spending.
    Budget and the Beach recently posted..4 Ways To Become an Expert DIY’erMy Profile

    • Yeah, ignorance is bliss they say….UNTIL THE CREDIT CARD BILL COMES! I love that budgets are just pure. They tell it like it is, whether you like it or not, and help you make better choices. And that includes getting better at spending. πŸ™‚

  9. Mike Carlson says:

    It is always the misconception of a lot of people that we deprive ourselves to enjoy because we are always scared to spend and would want to just save and save and save. But we are just fooling ourselves with this idea and in the end, we regret not having to enjoy our life while we are still earning.
    Mike Carlson recently posted..Help with Setting up a BusinessMy Profile

    • Yup. Don’t let it pass you by!. I am of the belief that you can spend more on stuff you care about than you currently are, and SAVE MORE at the same time. It’s all about priorities πŸ™‚

  10. Good article.

    I agree in prioritizing spending, but may wife and I always keep a little “mad money” aside to spend on the occasional frivolous item.
    Terry@ Fix em Up Rent em Out recently posted..β€œTurn your home into a rental” on Mark Wayne ShowMy Profile

  11. I hear ya. I hate wasting money! I certainly don’t mind budgeting it and spending accordingly though!
    Holly@ClubThrifty recently posted..Cash Money: How I Made $883 This WeekendMy Profile

  12. This is so true – budgeting is about allocating money sensibly, not never spending it on things you want to.
    Amy recently posted..Five Sites For Brides To BeMy Profile

  13. It has been a long time in coming, but wee went away for the weekend! The hotel was free including breakfast. Dinners and parking came to only $100. It was a great time!
    krantcents recently posted..How to Think Rich and Be RichMy Profile

  14. I need to get this into my head. I know it’s true logically, but wreck my life with buyers remorse on almost anything I purchase that isn’t an absolute need. Unless it’s an experience…like a vacation or concert (but even then, I’m not paying $100 per ticket.)
    femmefrugality recently posted..Reducing my Cell Phone BillMy Profile

    • It is ok to spend. It is GOOD to spend. YOU SHOULD SPEND YOUR MONEY! Seriously! I know the feeling, but if you’ve set a budget, know your priorities, and should enjoy letting go of that money. You’ve earned it!

  15. I have a specific budget for personal spending, and when I spend that, I definitely don’t feel bad. I only have guilt when I go over budget.
    Jordann @ My Alternate Life recently posted..Travel Like a Minimalist: SouvenirsMy Profile

  16. Thanks, I think we all need to hear that sometimes. I’m certainly guilty of getting so focused on saving money that I hate spending it. I’ve never really liked shopping, but I do like spending money on experiences like going to a dance or going on a trip to a new city. Those kinds of things always leave me with good memories that make it worth the money. I should probably to more of that. =D
    Elaine recently posted..Top 3 rules for using credit cardsMy Profile


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