I have to get something off my chest that I’ve been feeling guilty about for a long time.
I know you read this blog. I know you think you know me. But you don’t. You know a part of me, you know some of me but you don’t know the real me.
You don’t know my secret.
You don’t know that …. I’m not cheap.
I’m not cheap! I spend money with wild abandon sometimes.
It’s true. I hope I haven’t shocked you. If you feel a bit woozy just drink some vodka.
Now, I can see why you’d think I was cheap. Even I thought I was cheap for a long time. Everything I do would lead one to believe I’m miserly.
I mean, I rebuilt my entire backyard, fix my own major appliances, use coupons and perform my own oral surgery. Sorry, I meant floral surgery. Rose bush is making a great comeback!
As it turns out … I’m just good with money.
Cheap people don’t buy great Christmas presents. Cheap people don’t donate to charities. Cheap people don’t buy $800 coffee makers.
Yes. My name is Karen and I own a Jura Ena. A very, very expensive coffee maker. I really like coffee.
I own other high end things too. Pricey things. Things you’d assume only wealthy people could buy. And they can. They just don’t have to refinish their own floors in order to do it.
People don’t think much about picking up a couple of magazines or a $10 throw pillow, but I do. I WRESTLE with buying those sorts of things and most of the time don’t.
Because I do everything I can to save money when possible, when it comes time to spend it, it really isn’t a worry. I have the money in the bank and absolutely no guilt. Why would I feel guilty about spending $800 on a coffee maker when I know I ripped out 3 rooms of ceramic tile, concrete and wire mesh by myself in order to be able to do it?
Every dollar I save by doing something myself is money I can put towards something I can’t make or do myself.
I learned a long time ago that if I was going to be in television I’d have to be really good with money. The world of television is a precarious one at best. You have a show, your show is great, your show is cancelled. No more show. No more money.
It could be a year before another show looking for a mouthy blonde came along, so if there wasn’t money in the bank to pay the mortgage the only house I’d be entering was The Big House on charges of cheque fraud.
Luckily that only happened once, (where I was without work for an extended period of time … the cheque fraud’s actually happened a few times).
This isn’t a new way of living for me. I’ve done this my entire adult life. The practice came in extremely hand for the first 2 years of this blog when I made no money at all. None. Not a thing. I had the fella with me at the time so of course that helped, but we had certain bills we each paid every month and I was still able to pay all of mine. I had money saved in the bank, if something broke, 9 times out of 10 I could fix it myself and I could make what little money I had go a long, longggggg way.
So I’m not cheap, I’m not rich and I do have an affinity for really expensive things.
Making/fixing/doing things myself has helped me afford these things but I DIY for many other reasons too.
Tomorrow I’m going to give you a list of every single thing I do to save money. Ways to save big money and ways to save small money.
I know this is all basic advice and information that grandfathers have been dolling out since pickles were invented but it’s still good advice.
I’ve saved thousands and thousands of dollars throughout the past 15 years by using these little tricks. And I continue to do it.
And so could you. And it isn’t alllll about fixing things yourself, although that is a big part of it. People tell me all the time that they aren’t handy. And I get that. Some people really aren’t handy. But even more people just haven’t tried.
They think they can’t do it. They can’t grow vegetables, they can’t use a saw, they can’t install a dishwasher. Well that’s just not true. You can. You really can. The real answer to why you don’t do those things is either a) You don’t know how to do it or b) you just don’t want to.
If you tell me you just don’t want to that’s fine. But don’t tell me you can’t. Don’t you dare tell me you can’t.
You can do it.
It ain’t that hard. Any of it.
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