Do you treat all money equally no matter how it found it’s way into your wallet? Today I found a twenty dollar bill (yay!) in my spring jacket that I haven’t worn in a year, and almost immediately I thought: ‘this money will be my beer money for my trip this weekend’. As I drove to work, my thoughts drifted back to my morning find, and I realized that if I had of earned that money instead of finding it, I wouldn’t be so quick to spend it, or at least mentally spend it.
Whether it’s birthday money, a lottery win, twenty bucks found in a pocket or on the street, or your pay cheque, shouldn’t all money be treated equally? Why did I treat the coat-money differently? I think I considered it ‘free money’ because it was cash. I very rarely deal with cash. I use my debit card and on-line banking for most transactions because I find it easier to track my money that way and I’m usually more hesitant to buy things when I know it’s coming straight out of my bank account. For me, spending money using my little plastic card has more consequences, whereas cash doesn’t seem to.
Spending money based on its form or how you got it is a dangerous thing. The twenty bucks I found wasn’t ‘free’ money, I likely took the money out of an ATM and forgot about it when I changed jackets, but for some reason I was good and eager to blow it on beer. From now on, I’m going to make a conscious effort to treat all my money equally, no more ‘free’ or ‘treat’ money for this Country Girl.
Do you treat all money equally? Why do you think people view money from certain sources differently than others?
Oh, and by the way, I put the twenty bucks in the bank. 😉
Have a good ‘un