I believe in doing everything (including things people in my income bracket aren’t supposed to do) on a budget. Yes, I’m responsible and aware of my income limitations, BUT, I also feel like I’m rich and the sky’s the limit. “Rich?” you ask. Well, yeah. It’s really all relative. It’s just a matter of valuing what you have, rather than pining after what you don’t. A wise man once said, “If you think you can’t or you think you can, you’re right.” That’s how I feel about prosperity or success, “If you think you’re rich or you think you’re poor, you’re right.” To me, it isn’t all about money, it’s about your state of mind.
So, I live a life of gratitude and abundance and set out to get the things I need, and even those I want, at a price I can afford. I have a running list of needs and wants that I go through in my head whenever I shop anywhere. The key question whenever I run into something on my list is the price. The answer to this question will determine whether it comes home with me that day or not. I’ll be honest, I am ridiculously cheap. I wasn’t always this way but have become so out of necessity. Like a kid with her nose pressed up against the glass of a candy store, many people in my financial situation feel deprived. I do NOT. You know why? Because by staying positive and being creative I get my family’s needs met for very, very little money, or free.
For example, the other day I walked into a thrift store with $5.00 and came out with a brand new (not used), large handbag (just how I like’em) and a Calvin Klein blouse – and got back CHANGE to boot! It was ½ price day so the bag came out to $2.50 and the top was $1.00 (AND I was only in the store like 5 minutes because they were closing). THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT! Some people give away their change, throw out their pennies because of their low worth. Not me, you know why? Because I know how to make EVERY. PENNY. COUNT. (I am SO not kidding). And that’s what I want to share with you. I can teach you “how to make a dollar out of fifteen cents” without making a job out of it. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you!