Awhile back I wrote about Debtors Anonymous in this post. I’ve been quite curious about it for awhile now. Well, since I wrote that post it’s been in the back of my mind. I think since the Spending Fast is coming to a close rather fast now I’m getting more worried about what my financial future holds. It’s not like I think I’m going to become possessed with some wild rage and urge to go into a shopping explosion frenzy but I don’t know, maybe I’m nervous for nothing. Maybe, I’m getting in a tizzy just because I don’t quite know what to expect. I mean, really, I’ve never been in this situation before so it’s a bit strange. I’m trying to be on guard and educate myself and stuff so that I can be prepared for real life spending again in 2011.
I’ve been listening to a lot of Suze Orman’s free video podcasts and finishing up some financial books that have been checked out from the library for FAR TOO LONG and generally trying to get prepped up for my Spending Diet. For some reason, the Spending Diet is scarier to me than the Spending Fast. It’s scarier since I’ll have discretion again. I’ve said this before but I’m worried I’ll get into debt again. It’s easier for me to “cut myself off” than to be able to spend. AhhhhhhhHHHHH!! I’m just freaking out for nothing. I’ve got to chill out. I mean, I did this for almost an ENTIRE YEAR! I can be on a SPENDING DIET! I CAN DO THIS! I’VE GOT TO FREAKING BELIEVE IN MYSELF ALREADY. Snap out of it girl! Get yourself together!
All that to say that I looked up a Debtors Anonymous meeting and actually went to it. Maybe I shouldn’t say I went to it because of the, you know, anonymous part. But, I think it’s okay since I don’t officially identify myself as a member and also because maybe me talking about it might help someone. I don’t know, maybe not. Either way, I just wanted to tell you I went and it was interesting. I have a friend who HATES it whenever I say something is interesting because she thinks that means that I think it sucks or that I’m trying to not say what I mean. The reality is that I truly DID think it was interesting. It was interesting to hear people’s stories about their spending and shopping and that they were so open and honest about it all. And it was quite weird to be able to relate to some of it… quite a bit more of it than I’d like to, to tell you the truth. They talked about getting their financial lives in order and about record keeping and managing money and about how much their lives had changed and it was really very hopeful and encouraging.