You know how Prince and P Diddy are constantly changing their names? I’m thinking about doing that myself. It’s not for any glamorous reasons. I’m thinking that my new name will help me keep a new year’s resolution that I’ve made for myself. I’ve decided that 2006 will be the year of frugality for me.
I’ll confess that I’m not great when it comes to saving money. I have two problems with it: First, cash burns a whole in my pocket. It’s like those bills are whispering constantly in my ear, “I’m here Kristen. I need to go to my new home. I was thinking a cash register in Target would be lovely. I’m sure they have something wonderful you could trade me for!” I hate to disappoint those little greenbacks so I usually comply with their wishes.
The second problem I have with money is my weakness for a good bargain. I have mentioned this before at The Thang. It usually goes something like this, “Oh my gosh! I can’t believe that tire gauges are on sale 4 for $12.99. I think I need at least 8 of them!” It doesn’t matter what it is, I have to have it.
In 2006 I’m going to be a changed woman. My cash will learn that my pocket is as luxurious a home as any Target cash register and I will resist all sales unless I absolutely need what is being offered.
I’ve come up with a mantra that will help me follow through with this resolution. “What would George not do?” Do you remember that Seinfeld episode where George Costanza pledged to make the opposite choice of his instinctual decisions? Well that’s what I’ve decided that’s what I’m going to do when it comes to spending money.
If I find myself drooling over the latest in lipstick technology I’m going to force myself to walk away and leave those beautification tools for the next sucker that happens along. I’ll just have to chant, “Remember George, remember George” over and over in my head.
I do have a secret weapon, a superhero, if you will that I’ve been utilizing for many years. His name is Mr. Budget but some of you know him as Geoff J. He has extraordinary powers in curbing my spending enthusiasm but as one man he can only do so much on his own.
This year I’ve decided to help him out (or at least through January) so please, call me George.