Wanna know one of the best ways to feel better about your money?
Walk into a store and see if you can buy anything in it :)
If you can – you’re doing great, congrats!
If you can’t (and you’re not at a Benz Dealership) keep working at it until you can.
When I first started paying attention to this stuff I used to do this all the time… I’d walk into a Walmart or CVS or wherever and see if I could afford the most expensive thing in there (usually a TV or stereo or something). I’d never spend my money on it or anything, but MAN did it feel empowering knowing none of it was out of my range!
And when you think about the reasons to pay attention to your money and grow it, isn’t that what it’s really about in the end? Empowerment?
And having enough to afford whatever you need, mixed with what you simply want at times?
I was reminded of this game again over the weekend when I took the boys to Petsmart and came across the following (hopefully mind blowing!) bird:
“$600 for a bird??” I screamed internally. “Who has the money for that?”
“Oh yeah – I do.” I smiled back to myself. “Let’s see what else I could afford in this place!”
And just like that I felt on top of the world again… and $600 richer too, knowing I’d never pony it up for an exotic animal :) (And btw – pet stores? One of the best ways to entertain your kids! Not only FREE, but super convenient! Where else could you hit up a Zoo-quarium every time you run errands?)
So next time you’re at a store, look for the most expensive thing and see if you can buy it. As your wealth goes up, so does your status in The Financial Empowerment Game™!
Here are the levels you can achieve once you can check off each store:
Level #1: The Noob
Level #2: The Up & Comer
- Your local thrift store
- Liquor store
- Pet store
Level #3: The Hustler
- Bed Bath and Beyond
- Any clothing store
Level #4: The Wealth Builder
- Any furniture store
- Best Buy
- Home Depot
*** After this, you start entering Baller Level status**
Level #5: The Baby Baller
- Any mall!
- Any (non-luxury) car dealership!
Level #6: The Master Baller
- The Stock Market (Watch for these)
- Any luxury car dealership!
- Any middle class home lots
Level #7: The Baller Baller
Level #8: The MACK DADDY Baller*
(*Does anyone say Mack Daddy anymore?)
- Any home lot in the world
- Any art store in the world
- Any jewelry store in the world
- Anything AT ALL in the world :)
With around $500,000 in savings/investments (let’s forget about taxes/etc for the sake of having fun) I’m hovering around the Master Baller status, trying to figure out how the hell to enter Baller Baller status? Which, arguably, is quite the jump most of us will never be able to achieve.
But that’s okay.
Once you can buy pretty much anything you could ever want at any normal store you go to, who cares about the rest? You’ve done a fine job and now get to enjoy your spoils! That being mainly FREEDOM. Which, though you can’t buy at any store, is the one item you should actually be striving for. And the only cost you control too!
So. Want to start feeling better about your money? Head out to the stores! Which will be the only time you ever hear me say that :) You might not be at a Baller status yet, but just getting a few McDonalds’ and liquor stores under your belt will help get your mojo flowing in no time… (also something you’ll never hear me say again, haha…)
And remember – if there’s anything better than being able to afford something expensive, it’s being able to afford something expensive and NOT buying it!
Freedom > Stuff. Always.
Master Baller, out…
[Fist rising by lamdogjunkie]
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!