Often I’ll be navigating through the financial blogosphere and come upon something that makes me stop and think, “do I need to do that?”
Do I need to kill my TV?
Do I need to sell my new car?
Do I need to cut my expenses in half?
It’s what some of my favorite bloggers did. Should I be doing it too?
These are the things I’ve been rolling around with, but they aren’t resolved. I haven’t decided. Or, some would say, I haven’t made the leap.
I love my television. I love it on those nights when the house is clean, the kids are in bed, I’m by myself, and get to curl up and catch up on Mad Men. I love it when A-Rob and I have a rare night off from commitments and can cuddle together while surfing the DVR.
But also, I hate my television. I hate it at noon on a Saturday when Nickelodeon has been blaring since 6AM. I hate that it can become a crutch when we’re all too uninspired to come up with anything else to do.
How can I love and hate the same thing so much? Unresolved.
And then there’s our new Honda. Yes, selling it would knock a big chunk out of our debt. But the car isn’t mine, it’s A-Rob’s. We bought it so he could gain a little enjoyment from his 3 hours of driving each day (he hates driving). And it isn’t really as new as I think, we’ve had it for over a year now.
As for cutting expenses in half, that probably could be done. But not without sacrifice. A lot of sacrifice. Like finding a new place to live and figuring out what to do with our underwater house. It probably wouldn’t make much sense to attempt this right now.
So I guess, after writing all of this out, I know my answers.
This is what others have done, but it’s not my path. Maybe I’m making excuses. Maybe I’ll reach my goals slower. Maybe someday I’ll venture there, but (I think) I’m okay leaving it right now.
That doesn’t mean I can’t find ways to turn the television off more often.
That doesn’t mean I can’t look for other ways to cut expenses and slash debt.
But that’s what I get to figure out. For moi.
What do you think? Am I making excuses or being reasonable? Sometimes I have trouble telling the difference.
Post update: I meant to express this above before hitting publish, but the words didn’t come together until later. I just want to say that this post was not meant to be a slam to those who I exampled above, or to anyone who is going to extremes to get back on track. Without their courage to do the harder things, we wouldn’t have anyone else to measure ourselves against. And I consider that a gift. This post was just meant to encourage anyone who feels like they aren’t ready for those extremes that we all have our own paths.