Is This What Balance Feels Like?

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Last week I wrote of feeling those financial doldrums.

Saving isn't as fun as getting out of debt.

I heard that a gazillion times while I was still in debt and I always thought, what crap! How could actually having money in your savings account, adding up, earning you interest instead of paying it, not be as fun? I really don't know the answer to that. I just now know it isn't as fun.

But it doesn't have to be fun.

The more I thought about it, I realized September was a great month for us financially. We didn't overspend and we saved quite a bit. It wasn't very exciting but it was sustainable and moving in the right direction.

Maybe I'm just now figuring out that the financial part of my life doesn't have to be exciting. I don't have to get pumped about putting money in our savings and Roth IRAs, I just have to do it. On the other hand, I don't even have to feel guilty about spending money either. In fact, I should not feel guilty about spending. Guilt about spending is usually not good.

I'm not sure exactly when it happened but I got off the emotional roller coaster that dictated how I felt about our spending/saving. We are in a good place and it's only getting better. Yes, I am happy but I am also not so emotionally invested in our day to day spending that I can't enjoy the very rare trip to Starbucks or that used video game I bought. Because I was at that place before. That place where being so wrapped up in every penny spent I forgot to enjoy it.

Being emotionally invested has it's place too, don't get me wrong. It had it's part in eliminating our debt.

I am just not used to this sense of calm with regards to our finances. But I am liking it. I'll take boring. Boring is enjoyable.