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Bad Money Decision Confession Time #2

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That was fun and it felt good to get a bad money decision off my chest a few days ago. Why not do it a few more times? 😉

Bad Money Decision #2

Two words…I smoke. Not only is it unhealthy for my finances – it is unhealthy period. I started smoking when I was fourteen, a young girl looking for a way to rebel. I found it in smoking, but now I can hear my lungs rattle when I breathe and I have a cough that lingers.

I want to quit so bad. Gosh knows I’ve tried. But the addiction is so strong and my stress level – well, my crutch for handling stressful times are my smokes. I joke because some of the best ideas that I have had have come to me while standing outside smoking. I guess you can call them my killer thinkin’ sticks.

I don’t like spending so much for a pack of cigarettes. I think it costs over $5.00 a pack now. If you noticed – I said “I think”. That’s because I found a way to be a frugal smoker. I’ve been rolling my own cigarettes since 2003. Instead of spending over $150/month I am only spending around $30/month.

Boy, I just re-read the above and it sounds like I am just full of excuses. Any habit, whether good or bad, is so darn hard to break.

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Bad Money Decision Confession Time

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Bad Money Decision Confession #1

My husband was left with a $40,000 inheritance from his grandmother. His grandparents were very knowledgeable in the stock market and made a bit of money.

To this day, I wonder where it all went. I know $10,000 was given to his mother to pay off the loans that she took out to help my husband with college costs. We also used some to pay for summer school. We bought a 27″ TV and we bought a $3,500 computer because my husband is into videography and needed a good computer for it. I also remember that one credit card was paid off completely ($1600) and I think some more money went to another one.

But really – at least $10,000 of it I have NO IDEA where it went. That’s not good. But we were young (both were 21) and naive about money. I think probably most of it went to eating out and spending the money on frivolous items.

If I had known then what I have known now, that money would have been spent so much wiser.

But as they say…you live, and you learn.

Anyone else care to confess a bad money decision? 🙂

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