Money Drunk Money Sober explainer text

For this time period, I am working through Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan’s book Money Drunk, Money Sober before I work through the Prosperous Heart. The following blog entries are in response to prompts and experiences from the book. I see this as an extension of my Artist’s Way work. Some of my entries are jarring and highly personal – any program of sobriety and self-improvement demands admitting dysfunction both personally and in family, and it also calls to admit some painful truths. While not everything I work on appears here, a number of realities do. I have a genuine body of work thanks to my work on the Artist’s Way program, and I can’t ignore the changes the continual commitment has brought about. Because of that, I also can’t ignore what going further into the harder aspects of the program – like facing money issues – has the potential to improve.

My Shopper’s Safety List

  1. No unplanned non-emergency purchases. PLAN fun purchases – you can allow yourself a little small something from the museum gift shop. Having a story idea and nothing to write it on does constitute an emergency.
  2. Cash up front.
  3. Pay in full, up front, whenever possible.
  4. Use your Droid to compare prices.
  5. Ask for payment for your services.
  6. Check and the Consumerist.
  7. Sometimes you will have to fight for your money. Return things. Call in complaints. Be nice, clear, and firm.
  8. Go ahead and return it if it doesn’t work.
  9. Check what discounts are available to you before you buy. You have your Lucky Rewards subscription, and your MPR membership, for these very reasons. Also, check Retailmenot.
  10. Be clear on what you’re comfortable getting used.
  11. Learn to be comfortable getting new, good quality stuff. Every single thing from your grandmother’s kitchen broke within six months – and your ex kept you from buying a blender for more than six months, which was ridiculous. Don’t create idiotic inhibiting goals around purchases – you spend less when you’re happy with your quality of life.
  12. Do your daily 2 foot declutter – energy out invites prosperity in.
  13. Keep subscriptions to Kiplinger’s AND Money Magazine. Between the two, you end up empowered.
  14. Stick with your $22.50. It’s getting you things you’ve always wanted.
  15. Ask yourself if it’s about time or money, every time.
  16. On many items, hold out for something you really love.
  17. Take a measuring tape with you when you’re shopping for clothes. It will save you wasted time in the dressing room.
  18. Are you upcycling it because you enjoy doing it, or because it alleviates misplaced environmentalist guilt? Does upcycling and repurposing solve a problem, or just create a different annoyance for you?
  19. Are you going with the lowest price because it’s a good deal, or because you think you’ll win approval for being the least burden you can possibly be? (That didn’t work with your parents, they didn’t appreciate or notice the effort. Why are you treating yourself so poorly?)
  20. Always ask: why do I want this? What am I really buying?