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February 2nd, 2014 at 01:05 pm

A friend I work with stopped to talk to me the other day. She was all excited. In the past few months we have been talking finances when we are alone and a couple of months ago she decided to make some changes in her life. She started a diet and she started looking at ways to truly save money. She figured getting a control on different areas of her life would help her.

She was so excited to tell me about a couple of things she started doing. Around Christmas she and her hubby paid off their credit card bills. They found they had extra money since she was dieting and not going out to eat. So she then decided she was going to try and save up for things and pay cash.

She also decided to start meal planning and cooking ahead. She made up some casseroles and put them in the freezer. She said she is looking for ways to use up foods and it has saved her money.

The other day she went to Kohls to buy something. If she used her credit card she would save extra and get some special deal. So, she used her credit card and then immediately took the cash she had saved and paid off the credit card. She said she had a difficult time describing how happy it made her feel. She feels successful...she has lost weight and has taken control of her finances. I would say she is a success story!

Sometimes I think we need to reflect on our own successes. It is easy to get bogged down by a problem or situation. I am going to make a generalization, but I think everyone on Saving Advice has the desire to improve their finances. Some are willing to make bigger sacrifices, but we each had to start somewhere. For some it is easier than others. But, we need to celebrate our success whether it is large or small.

I look back on my own life. I'm not rich by any means, but I am comfortable. I have far more stuff than I need, far more clothes, a good house, a nice vehicle, and money put aside. I am blessed. Yet I get frustrated when I let something slip by me. I feel guilty if I spend money a lot of the time. If I compared my life to my parents' lives, they would consider me rich. They grew up during the depression and their retirement years were pretty slim. It was a hard scrabble life for much of their time. I had the idea of getting an education basically beat into my mind because they wanted me to do better. And, I believe I have.

I started saving money earlier. I earned a degree and have worked hard to continue to improve so I had the opportunity to make money. And, I have been blessed that I did not have a lot of unemployment in my life.

Sometimes I compare my life to others I grew up with. One person has done extremely well and I think part of it is because they came from some money and weren't afraid to take risks. I am not a risk taker and I wonder if I had taken a few risks, if I would be better off. Then I look at another person who did take some risks and this person is barely scraping by. Who knows what my life could have been.

Anyway, take a moment to pat yourself on the back for the fact you are taking the time to think through how to improve your life and celebrate that!

11 Responses to “Success”

  1. scottish girl Says:

    That's great!

  2. Rachael777 Says:

    thanks for the wise words.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Great post!! Everyone's financial journey is different.

  4. snafu Says:

    I wish more people would not only pat themselves on the back for their accomplishments but give themselves rewards. They needn't be expensive, just acknowledgement to celebrate. We certainly berate ourselves for goofs...heck we tell our friends an write about them on SA. My parents were big on rewards and compliments and those were big motivators. Heck, I reward myself with a luxurious feeling bubble bath at the end of the day just because I finished my tasks for the day and the place is 'company' ready.

  5. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    That's really cool about your workmate. She's riding the wave of accomplishment.

  6. PatientSaver Says:

    Something I need to do more of. MOstly, I just worry about the future.

  7. PNW Mom Says:

    Great post....sounds like you have bee an inspiration to her.

  8. ceejay74 Says:

    Great post -- thanks for sharing!

  9. My English Castle Says:

    Indeed. What's the saying? "Comparison is the thief of joy"?

  10. TashaC. Says:

    I enjoyed this post. you reminded me about a lot of the simple things that I came to this blog site to achieve. I also started on foundational lessons (pay off cc in full- don't go out to eat...) and have moved on to complicated lessons (investing and time vs money calculations...). But overall- I am a success too. I don't allow myself to get comfortable in that mindset and I'm so busy trying to improve I don't often appreciate where I am. This was a nice read.

  11. rob62521 Says:

    Thank you for your comments.

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