Hi everyone, I’m in New York this week for the BlogHer 2012 conference! Last night I took my best friend to her first Broadway show. We saw “Nice Work if You Can Get It” starring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara.
Seeing a show is something I try to do anytime I’m in New York. There’s nothing like seeing a performance in one of New York’s small, historic theaters. That being said, shelling out money for the tickets just offends my frugal sensibilities. It got me thinking about why I am frugal. Sure we all want to see less of our money going out the door, but we should also save to allow ourselves the little pleasures in life. I’m sure Susie Orman wouldn’t agree, but I think if you are working hard to clip coupons, shop the sales, sign up for the freebies, and all the other little ways we save, then you also need to reward yourself once in awhile. You have to consider your financial picture, but if you never allow yourself any fun, then being frugal can get old very fast.
Track the money you are saving, and put aside a little of it for a splurge. It can be something small like your favorite drink at Starbucks or something a little more extravagant like a Broadway show, just be prudent about it. You earned that savings, the same as if you earned the money in a paycheck. Save a little bit of it for a small treat this month. You will be surprised how much it motivates you to save even more.