I’m really excited to report that I’m heading to Chicago for the Financial Blogger Conference on October 1-2. Originally, I decided not to go because I feel like I’m not a “real” financial blogger. And I still feel that way to an extent, but I figure wannabes can go too. 🙂
The funny thing is that I keep having these urges to spend money in preparation for the conference. I tell myself I need new clothes. New luggage. An iPad (which I’m saving for anyway) so I can blog more easily while I’m there. I need to pay someone to clean my car in case anyone rides in it. Come to think of it, I need to do something with my hair, too. Ever since I registered, I can come up with like fifty things I desperately need right this minute to be presentable enough to meet all the cool PF bloggers.
How messed up is that? A mass gathering of people who try to live within their means and be financially responsible, yet it tempts me to throw everything I’m working on out the window. And for what? To make everyone think I’m a dork who hasn’t learned anything about money?
I’m not giving in. Nope, not going to do it. Okay, I might get the iPad if I save the money before October. And I will probably buy some clothes, not because of the conference but because I haven’t bought clothes in over a year. And because I’ve gained a ton of weight and my pants don’t fit any more.
So in the interest of being accountable, which is why I started doing this in the first place, I am pledging now that I will not make any stupid purchases despite my excitement about going to the conference. I feel like I need a Spenders Anonymous meeting right now.
Am I the only person who does stuff like this? It’s okay if I am; I’m just wondering.