My alarm went off at 5am this morning (Friday March 3rd for future context) an hour earlier than usual. I got up and groggily made my way downstairs, (hand on railing, always have a hand on the railing when getting up at 5am), and made my way to Fionn’s room to wake him up. Fionn scratched his head and rolled out of bed, “is it time?”, he yawned.
“You bet buddy. We’ve got 20 minutes then we have to leave.”
20 minutes later at 5:50am we pulled into the Walmart parking lot, pulled out our camping chairs, and set ourselves up outside the main doors. About 15 minutes later a friendly Walmart employee came out and asked us the all important question Fionn and I had been waiting to hear:
“You are first in line, do you want the Neon or Grey controllers?”
I looked to Fionn, and his instant reply was “Neon”.
2 hours later Fionn and I were walking out of Walmart with our Nintendo Switch, a copy of “Zelda Breath of the Wild”, and a pro controller: $641.62 Canadian, of video gaming goodness.
Why am I sharing this money story? Many times, when I am talking to people about budgeting, I get the same immediate response:
“Oh, I have tried budgeting and I hated it. Budgets are no fun and don’t work.”
As someone who created some really horrible family budgets that didn’t work, I can absolutely agree, with one added twist:
“Budgets are too limiting and don’t work, if you don’t leave room for ‘fun money’ in your life”