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The Dark Side of Money {Video}

by Shawanda Greene

Money is not the root of all evil.

Considering the amount of time I spend thinking about it and writing about it, I must think money is pretty awesome.

However, when cash is readily available—whether it belongs to you or someone else—it’s easy to become not only physically, but intellectually lazy. In order to achieve the best outcome, sometimes you gotta work.

So I want to encourage you to lose the money crutch. Do what’s best for you, even if its tough, and stop relying so heavily on money to solve your problems.

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Kris @ BalancingMoneyandLife June 19, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Your example in the video is bang on. I lost a lot of weight a few years ago – over 100 pounds. Now, I have one simple rule. I can buy new clothes when I need them – but only in my current size, or a size smaller (if I lose more weight). I cannot buy another, bigger size. Why? Because financially, I’m farther ahead if I stay at my healthy weight and avoid the health care costs associated with gaining that weight back. Never mind the wardrobe expense!
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Shawanda Greene June 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Over 100 pounds?! Wow! Congratulations!

I heard somewhere (can’t remember where) that most people who lose a lot of weight–and keep it off–workout about an hour a day. But the cool thing is many don’t do anything more strenuous than walking. Knowing that motivates me to at least do something small to stay active.
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Romeo June 19, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Great example. There are plenty of other examples out there, too. In contrast to your example, well, sort of, money makes eat unhealthy, sometimes. It is much easier and quicker for me to drive up the street to Chic-fil-a to spend $4 on a sandwich, than to grill a chicken breast from my freezer. This is one reason why I hardly carry cash–I know that’s it’s easy for me to spend on fast food, healthy or not, than to simply cook at home.
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Shawanda Greene June 21, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Interesting. A lot of people believe that eating healthy is expensive. I’m not one of those people. :)
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Dominique Brown June 21, 2012 at 6:28 PM

You mean to tell me you haven’t gain / lost enough weight in the last 5 years to warrant buying new clothes (at least of a different size?) impressive! Side note:.. I know natural hair takes tons of money in products. Did you ever do a break down of the cost of maintaining hair?
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Shawanda Greene June 21, 2012 at 8:49 PM

That is correct. Within the last five years, I’ve gone down as low as a 6, but normally I’m a size 8. I was a 2 in my early 20s, but that’s just too daggum skinny for a woman of my age.

It’s cheap to maintain my natural hair. The only products I use are shampoo, conditioner, Carol’s Daughter hair oil (now, this is expensive), and loc gel. I curl my hair with pipe cleaners–those were really cheap. Or I’ll just braid it and let it air dry–that’s free. The tool I use to loc my hair couldn’t have cost more than $4. If I wanted to save money on hair oil, I’d use coconut oil. I have a lot leftover form that lip balm I made. If my hair wasn’t natural, I’d have to pay a hairdresser to relax it.
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