Repeat after me: My life is a journey to be enjoyed not endured.
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If you been around the personal finance blog block for a while you know that budgeting and cutting cable are the number one things suggested if you are working to achieve financial freedom or pay off debt. Well, I have a confession to make. I haven’t cut cable and I have no intention to do so. And for good reason. My husband and I like watching TV. That’s it. My husband and both work deadline oriented jobs. Sometimes nothing compares to just coming home and relaxing on the couch as we watch one of our favorite shows together. It’s our guilty little pleasure. Sure, it may be a costly one, but it’s one that lets us unwind.
Of course, depending on who you ask some will tell us that our decision to keep cable is irresponsible. Or we’ll get constant reminders that TV isn’t a necessity and we can do so many other things with that money. And know what I say to that? I don’t care.
Let’s stop shaming people for keeping the non-necessities that bring joy in their lives. My debt payoff journey may be a difficult one, but I refuse to make life miserable in the process. So, yes my love of wine, sheet masks and pole dancing may be costly ones but it’s worth it. And it makes life just a little bit more enjoyable.
I know it’s hard to acknowledge when we follow so many debt free gurus, but we really need to stop counting other people’s money and telling people the only way to accomplish anything is through deprivation. We may never know the whole story of those who claim to be transparent about their money or have it all figured out. Sure you can offer advice and suggestions if it’s coming from a good place, but don’t assume and declare yourself better because you found success doing something else or eliminate a big ticket item from your budget.
So if you don’t want to cut the cord because its something you really enjoy, don’t feel bad about it and don’t give power to those who shame you for it. Instead, find alternative ways to slash your budget while holding onto the things you enjoy. (Or if you are on the fence about cutting cable, you can check out these reasons why it’s beneficial from Michelle at Making Sense of Cents.)
Just in case you are stuck on some alternative cost cutting measures, I came up with a few for you…