My friend Cecilia sat me down at breakfast – a breakfast she paid for – and said, “You have to stop talking about how poor you are in front of the kid. It’s going to affect her mindset.” It isn’t that I hadn’t thought the same thing to myself, but more that I am so constantly overwhelmed by how expensive life in New York is that I find myself talking about how poor I am as frequently as homeless people ask for change. Of course, you don’t have to live in an overpriced metropolis to know what saying “no” when your child asks if you can go out to dinner feels like or to feel like no matter how hard you work, you’re struggling to make ends meet. What Cecilia made me realize at breakfast that day is, it’s not that I’m poor, it’s that I’m broke. I make okay money, but it goes so quickly on basics.
But here’s something interesting, something I think all of us who feel pinched in the purse instinctively know but feel helpless to fight: many of the things we do to try to save money actually cost us more money in the long run. Here are my versions of these ten examples of things you do to save money that end up costing you more, courtesy of Lifehacker. I do 8 out of 10 of these things on a regular basis and have done 9 out of 10 at least once, so I can tell you with great assurance that doing these sorts of things will backfire. The question is, can you afford not to?
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