Do you have that bad karma, that curse of using every bit of money when you go out? I do. My mother gave me $50 for the whole week. I went to the city to visit some folks from the Shubert Theatre, and I ended up spending $20 on a CD when I should be saving it for the rest of the week. Yesterday, I got another $20 (to see Chicago: The Musical) and I've spent all $50 on breakfast, a ticket to the show, and a book on male multiple orgasms because Tristan Taormino mentioned it.

No matter how much money I have, I'll most likely spend it all buying something.

Is this a big problem to other noders? It is to me, because I've told my mother to hide my ATM card so I can't do the same with my bank account!

I must surmise that you are fairly young, since your mother is giving you money for things.

This is normal. It will go away, if you are willing to learn from being poor.

Soon, if it hasn't happened already, someone will offer you a credit card. It will have a credit limit higher that you can safely imagine (My first was 2000 USD, in 1994). It will be preapproved. All you have to do is sign the form and mail it back.

This is a trap.

The credit card companies know that you and every other young person in the world has this exact problem. Everyone young enough to be given money (and that is not a chronological measure of age) has no reason to pay careful attention to how much they spend. And credit is worse, sense you never even see the money going away.

There is a cure!

Fix your Karma:

  • Get married
  • Run up some bills. Rent, car insurance, and food are a good start. Throw in a credit card or two if you are a glutton for punishment.
  • "Accidentally" have a kid
  • Get a second job to feed the little kneebiter

You won't be buying any more cd's. Or anything else for that matter.

Unless people keep giving you money, in which case I hate you.

Sounds like you've got a problem. You'd better have your mother give me the money instead. That way you won't have any to blow.

Or, if you want a more practical solution (from your point of view, anyway), get a job. When you see the immense piles of steaming bullshit you must traipse through to earn a dollar, you'll come to appreciate the value of money more.

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