But It’s only $25 a Month
Just $25.00… That’s how much a special feature on my cellular phone service was, before I cancelled it. Now, it’s zero a month, which is even better. This morning, I caught myself thinking, “but it’s only $25 a month.” And the cable is only $35, the newspaper delivery is only $12.00, and those sodas we like to buy while we’re driving around running errands are only $1.19, Starbucks regular coffee $2.00….
But let’s take that just one step further. The extras on the cell phone for $25 a month equals $300 each year. Cable TV, at $35 a month, equals a whopping $420. That inexpensive newspaper subscription (even just $12 for the weekends), will cost you $144. Sodas at $1.19, let’s say three times a week, comes out to $185.64 per year! Just these few items come to a grand total of $1049.64!!!
It’s so easy to fall into the “it’s only $25 a month” thinking, most of us know better but we still do it. Right now, my priorities are just in a different place. It’s not that I can’t “afford” certain things, its just that larger goals and future stability is more important to me.
This morning I thought about lots of things that would also be nice to have, all of them costing just around $10 – $20 a month. But I knew that each one represented a bigger number (when multiplied times 12 months), and though by themselves they may seem small, add too many of them and you can have quite a dangerous threat to my budget–Especially when you add INTEREST into the mix and you are paying someone a heavy interest rate to finance that $10-$20 a month…you get the picture!!So, next time you find yourself thinking “it’s only going to cost $25 a month,” get your calculator out and think again.