When I first graduated college, I moved into a shared townhouse with 3 random girls that I found off Craigslist (always a great idea... sarcasm).
I enjoyed the townhouse for the first portion of the lease, but eventually was driven insane by one of the girls and decided to move out 2.5 months early.
This is one of the few pictures I have of this place! I basically lived out of my room at all times- I hated hanging out in the common areas. I kept a stockpile of snacks in my room so that I didn't have to go to the kitchen. I have issues, I know.
Also, yes, I was (still am) kind of messy. But that's what happens when every single one of your possessions (and all of your snacks) is crammed into a teeny tiny room ;)
I had been tracking my money for a few years already, so I was fairly aware of how much I had in my savings account. I was also fairly aware of how much my savings account would suffer by breaking the lease early. But I was honestly SO desperate that I was willing to fork over any amount of money to get out of there.
And that was the first time I realized the power of money.
Money can either be SUPER stress-inducing (those times where you aren't sure you can pay all your bills) or SUPER stress-relieving (those times where you DO have enough money to remedy a bad situation).
That silly little housing experience (it really is silly, when I look back on it) made me so thankful that I had been frugal for the past few years. I knew that I was lucky to have that extra money that I could use to free myself from the unhappy situation.
If I hadn't had the money, I would have been trapped for a miserable 2.5 more months. [And there's a solid chance I would have ended up behind bars for strangling someone... haha jk.]
Feeling trapped because of your finances is the worst.feeling.ever.
But it doesn't have to be that way!
That's why I have made it my personal mission in life to educate my fellow 20-somethings about their finances. It is SO important to me that everyone knows where their money goes. It breaks my heart to know that people give up on their dreams just because they think* they can't afford it.
*this is an important word- people THINK they can't afford things. Yes, this is partially true- you probably can't afford everything you want in life- but if you really do have a huge goal or dream, chances are, you can afford it. You just have to prioritize!
And I want to teach you how to prioritize your spending :)
Today is the official launch for my Budget Coaching program. I created this program as a way for me to work one-on-one with you, so that we can create a budget personalized just for YOU, your financial situation, and your hopes and dreams :)
I know that one of the big reasons people don't budget is because it's "too hard" or "too confusing". It can be overwhelming to sit down and try to create a budget. Not everyone enjoys reviewing financial statements and digging into past transactions.
But thankfully, I do! :)
So take a look at my Budget Coaching page and see if it sounds like a good fit for you.
Have you had any experiences where money allowed you to buy your freedom or happiness?
Another obvious example for me is the fact that money is allowing me to be my own boss! I couldn't be on this entrepreneurship journey if it wasn't for the money I saved while I had my office job.