As much as I know that money isn’t everything, it still is something. And it is something big enough to affect even the strongest of bonds.
After all, didn’t they say that “money is the root of all evil?”
I was reading Shuey’s blog and I came to realise that her parents are EXACTLY like mine. And ‘til this day, I still wonder how they did it, with such little pay. How? Really, how?
So, I sat down and rationalized my spending. And I came to the realisation that I am not lavish. Really, I am not. Not in the sense where I buy clothes every month or buy furniture or trinkets for my home and myself.
My pay, is mostly spent on necessities, like car, fuel, toiletries and FOOD.
So, where did all my money go?
Now, let’s talk about food.
I don’t know about you, but I’m the type who doesn’t like to “berkira” when it comes to food. Much as we eat in most of the time, when we do eat out, we go ALL OUT. I love to “let loose”. Just a little.
But a little goes a long way, no?
If I multiply the “littles” I have been spending for the last 7 months, I would have probably saved A LOT.
So, much as it is “uncool” (for lack of better word) to cut down our spending on food, it is a necessary evil all the same. Because believe it or not, food makes up a huge portion of our spending and that’s where our household income has been directed towards all this while.
I’ve been thinking of how difficult it is to save, especially so when you’ve had such a rough working month and you feel like you deserve every right to pamper yourself silly. And especially so when you’ve deducted everything that needs to be paid and there’s still some balance in your bank account, which have NO SIGNS of improving. Sometimes, you get tempted to just spend it all away.
I hope we all find the courage and strength to start saving. SOON. It’s never too late, isn’t it? And I hope we find the wisdom in knowing that we do not have to have what others’ have (at this point) and that it doesn’t make us any less of a person.
I guess our best bet is to hide the “extras” (if any) and stash it somewhere it can grow.
And I know that most of us know that that’s the way to go. It’s just the “getting started” part that’s so slow.
But know that Allah will help those who help themselves. So, we better help ourselves already.
Shy to comment? Well, never mind! Your reactions mean the world to me! Make me smile today :)