Everyone wants to enjoy life and live in the moment, right? Of course, "the moment" is always better if it's documented on social media because if there's no picture to share, it didn't happen. And with all that sharing, there's more pressure than ever to "keep up with the Riveras" and spend mindlessly. But you don't have to let FOMO (fear of missing out) drive you to overspend. Here are a few tips to balance having fun and the cost of having fun.
Planning is key. Decide early on what your weekend is going to look like. What adventure might you want to embark on? That way you'll have a better idea of what you might need to spend. Remember, not all adventures have an admittance cost. Make a list of fun, free ways to enjoy time with your family or friends.
Take a step back to think about what you might be missing. Is it worth your money and, maybe more importantly, your time? Allow yourself to realize that the stakes are not nearly as high (i.e. your world is not going to end) as you fear. But if you do decide to join the crowd, adjust your budget accordingly.
Break up with social media. If you need a more drastic measure to fight "comparison-it is," it might be time to detox from social media and disconnect for a few hours, or even a few days. You'll see how you feel refreshed and happy, having more time for you and the people who really matter – and your wallet will thank you, too!
Yoly Mason, a blogger living in Orlando, Florida, wants to live in a world where Latinas can enjoy an abundant life with a small budget, and where being in debt is as out of style as the rotary phone.
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