We’ve discussed the curiosity of financial hoarding as well as one way in which to eradicate the disease by revealing our desires for public shaming. If we feel ashamed, we simply don’t spend as much money. Some folks found it a little strange that I find delight in getting judged for having spending desires. After all, we should keep our thoughts pure in order to reach salvation.
The truth of the matter is that my love for saving money almost always trumps whatever negativity or difficulty I’ve got to endure to save more. The pain of working 14 hour days in my 20s was no match for the joy of having more savings in the bank. The delight of making active income keeps me engaged in retirement for 2-4 hours a day despite generating enough livable passive income to not have to work. Each comment I get about being wasteful for even thinking about spending money on a new vehicle or a watch makes me happier because it reinforces my desire to save more in order to save the children.
I even sacrificed eating tons of yummy cheeseburgers from Shake Shack and In N’ Out Burger since 2000 just so I can always fit in my pair of Diesel jeans I bought for $140 on 5th Avenue in NYC. The guilt of spending over $50 for a pair of jeans at the age of 23 made me want to stay in shape forever so as to never have to buy another pair again! (Read: A Weight Loss Tip To Die For if you’re serious about permanently losing weight)
Another reason why I’m obsessed with saving money is because I’ve been ripped off one too many times. From the Mumbai taxi driver who takes the scenic route to my hotel, to the electronics salesman who strongly pushes a product despite knowing it will be on sale the next week, to borrowers who promise to pay me back but never do – I’ve been thoroughly traumatized by my money spending experiences that I figure if I never spend money, I’ll never lose!