Last summer when I made my 101 list, I felt silly putting “pay for my own cell phone” on the list. For goodness sake, I was 25 and saying that SOMETIME before I turned 28 I wanted to pay for my cell phone myself? Spoiled. Brat.
It’s just something my mom has always done because we were on the same plan and contract lengths and unemployment and underpaying jobs and blah blah blah. I’ve told her many times I was going to do it, but never got around to it.
Today, I finally made myself an account owner to basically separate our phone bills and got my own login info and…drumroll please…paid my own cell phone bill like a big girl.
It’s silly to be so excited, but it was like when I made my last car payment and was jumping around saying, “somebody hug me!”
Except today is the opposite. A first payment and, seeing as how I could never imagine going without a cell phone, these will never end. As much as I hate spending money, I love that I’m spending money on this.
I’m also going to redo my budget tonight to include this new monthly expense and allow myself more flex room. It’s pretty much bare bones right now and it’s based off the fact that I spent about $2000 a month when that’s about what I was making, so now even though I’m making more, I should still spend that amount.
Change of plans.
I’ve earned the freedom to spend more. I have a good job and make more money now. I paid off my car and credit card. I overpay on my student loans while still building my savings. Everything left is MINE.
I don’t want to spend money for the sake of spending it, but I want to be okay with going out for happy hours and buying some cute new date clothes. Going from super-saver mode to okay-to-spend mode is difficult, but having a budget to tell me it’s okay without letting me go overboard is a good way to start.