As I once read on a Kate Spade pencil pouch, “I’ve never been a millionaire, but I know I’d be darling at it,” I immediately thought to myself, “I sure would be! I should buy this.” Truth be told, I couldn’t afford a Kate Spade pencil pouch, so off to Target I was. The longer I live on my own, the tighter and tighter my budget becomes. Things I once could afford without batting a YSL covered eyelash, I now consider a luxury. For example, Trader Joe’s tuna wrap sandwiches, monthly manicures, and Nekter Peanut Butter bowls. Life is all about balance and I am an advocate for treating yourself every once in a darn while, but spending wastefully is a life lesson I am learning to overcome.
When planning my balanced budget, the easiest and first area to cut was clothes. Now I am only saying easiest because I was spending more money than your average twenty-something on fashion, but this was a hard category to give up. I am not sure if you understand the amount of sacrifice I am talking here. Like cutting out dairy (aka cheese) out of a diet hard. I found this Leith dress in the Savvy department at Nordstrom for $48, which is a real steal for a knit dress of this caliber, however, I carefully evaluated this decision. I bought the dress only because I found a Nordstrom gift card and Nordstrom Notes in my wallet. There is a God! I paraded around this fancy hotel dressed up at 7:30 AM for the sake of my blog, not because I had any business staying there. Fake it till you make it right? I do plan to wear this dress to a wedding next month styled with rose gold jewelry and nude shoes and maybe wear it just to watch Netflix on my couch because going out to a fancy dinner will require charging to a credit card. It’s a slippery slope my friends!
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You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.
Money is a driving force that can separate us from God. It is not so much the money, which is a necessity to survive, but the love of money as the root of all evil. Being a millionaire is not a sin, but how you spend your money can direct a life of pleasures that can provoke sin. When God blesses us, we are to give back to God. It is his money to begin with, not ours anyway. I am not saying to give up travel or nice belongings, but what we love is where we spend our money and if our hearts are set right with God, our financial decisions will follow!
Have a blessed week!