This is advice I’ve given here before, and I’ll give here again.
Don’t go broke, my friend.
It’s not as bad as some people make it out to be, but it isn’t fun or hysterical like television can make it seem either.
There aren’t wacky hijinks or deeper life lessons. It’s just a lot of simple problems causing complicated, painful ripples through your life.
Plus, it’s true what they say — the farther the fall, the harder the landing. One day you’re sipping diet horchata from a hand-blown chupacabra glass, and the next you’re trying to calculate how many days of food a $5 pizza is if you separate the cheese from the bread. (Answer: the same as if you don’t separate them.)
There’s a difference between being poor and going broke, too. I’ve been in both situations… and in a Not Good Things Death Match scenario, they’re both contenders.
Being poor is unfortunate because it creates a cycle of poverty that is hard to break, but at least when you’re “being poor”, you aren’t as obsessed with the way things used to be.
Going broke is mentally exhausting. It involves downgrading your lifestyle, selling some of your precious belongings, pretending you don’t miss your hobbies, humbling yourself to borrow money, and an obsession with getting “back on your feet”.
“The Get Set Go lyrics that had made me snicker years before ran through my mind before bed and would make me tense as I suddenly understood them in a way that I had never understood before. “And the things that I own, they are just barely mine- oh, and I am so afraid, that somebody’s gonna take them away because some day I won’t be able to pay.” The fear that accompanies poverty, the Jenga system of life so many of us live by, and the truth that so many of the things that are “ours” are really not = ouch, panic.”
So — get a savings account, tuck money under the mattress, work that extra job, or put a “donate” button on your blog. Do what you have to do, but don’t go broke!
Daily Post Prompt : Tell us about something you’ve done that you would advise a friend never to do. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/daily-prompt-11/