I realize the above picture is a PBR. I found it at a stock photo site and thought it was really random and funny. It’s my blog, I’ll do what I want.
I love beer. Not as much as I love scotch, but I’ve relieved myself of that habit until I can properly afford it. So beer has taken over as my drink of choice.
Not just any beer. Not just any craft beer. I love stouts and porters. Black lagers and brown ales. These kinds of beers possess my favorite flavors.
I hate IPA with a passion.
And that, my dear readers, is part of the problem.
I don’t do people
I’m an introvert. About as hardcore as they come. People are not my thing and the more people I have to deal with on a regular basis, the more beer I want to drink. In a small town that has three small colleges, you can imagine how busy the service industry gets in April and May.
Not only that, but the season for all of the heavy, wonderful beers is gone! IPAs are once again on every shelf and on every tap.
Ordinarily, I drink a couple of times a month. Just a sixer or a growler on a weekend when I want to relax and take full advantage of my “me time”. But lately, given what I’ve dealt with at work and the dark beer season coming to a close, I’ve let myself (and my budget) go.
From the beginning of April through the middle of June, I’ve spent a lot of money on beer. How much? Don’t wanna think about it… but it was over $100 just for the month of May…
Yes. I know that ain’t shit. There are plenty of people out there that spend more than that. Hell, I personally know people that spend more than that in one evening at the bar.
I think back to my usual drinking routine, which is around $25-$50 a month. I think that’s fine. Hell, I think $60 is probably ok.
I’m looking forward to going back to that. May was a bit hard on the WAPH wallet, not just because of the beer but the booze was definitely a contributing factor. I need to return to normalcy. I need that savings cushion.
I know a lot of people out there are uncomfortable with being frugal. For me, it’s my happy place. Looking over my account at the end of each month, hitting my savings goal gives me a reason to be proud of myself. It’s a short term goal that I usually hit. I give myself that little “good job” nod in the mirror and get back to it.
I didn’t realize how much I had come to rely on that until I missed the mark. Do I regret overspending the last couple of months? Not really. I enjoyed it! But I’m definitely ready to get back on track.
How about you guys? What’s your financial happy place? Do you tend to splurge on things during certain times of the year? Lemme know! Comment and feel free to share.