My Secret Money Shame

Do you have a secret money shame? Is there something you spend money on that you know is basically the same as throwing it away?

Want to hear my secret?

I love to gamble.

Like actually gamble.

Like sit at a slot machine and pump in quarters kind of gambling.

I just love it.

I was reading “I Will Teach You to be Rich” the other day and while the book isn’t my favorite (mostly because of its bro-ness and some chauvinistic undertones) it does have a lot of good advice.

One of the themes the book hammers on is that what it means to be rich is different to different people. I actually really love that.

In the book, there are lots of examples of what it means to be rich to different people. To one person, being able to spend $1,000 a month on shoes defines “being rich.” To another person it is being able to eat out for every meal. To a third, it’s the ability to travel. Each of these people trades off something to be able to afford their idea of “richness.” That might mean living in a studio apartment or driving a beater car.

The idea is that you sacrifice in an area that is NOT important to you in order to splurge on an area that IS important to you.

To me, being rich doesn’t mean that I have millions of dollars in the bank (though that would be nice). It doesn’t mean granite countertops or a luxury car. No, to me, being rich means that I have the disposable income for trips to the happiest place on earth.

Las Vegas!

I love Vegas. I love it so much. I try to go at least once a year and I love to be able to bring a big chunk of cash with me that is specifically earmarked for gambling. And good food. OMG, the best vegan chicken and waffles at the Wynn. SO GOOD!

If I lose the money that I bring with, it’s totally cool because I plan on losing it. If I win some extra money and I come home up on the trip, that’s just icing on the cake.

But I love to gamble.

It’s my secret money shame, but it’s also my definition of being rich.

What do you guys think? Am I just an idiot (most likely)? Do you have any secret money shames?


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2 Responses

  1. I love gambling, too! There is very little sweeter than spending money that you won, rather than earned.

    House money, baby.

    I don’t think it’s helpful to have a one-size-fits-all approach to any part of our financial lives: owning houses or nice cars, clothes, food, gambling, whatever. There’s a way to make it all work. Rather than shaming each other for specific financial habits, we should focus on the overall direction. Are you making progress to your goals? Great! Then you’re doing well, even if you eat out, play the slots, whatever.

    • Basic Bitch says:

      So true! It’s funny because while I know I should feel guilty about loving to gamble it’s kind of the opposite – I feel proud that I can afford to do it and that I’ve planned for it. There’s nothing like having that envelope full of gambling money and knowing it’s a-ok if you lose it all. Thank you for stopping by to comment, I really appreciate it!

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