3.23.2012

When Being Scared Saves Me Money

I like lists so if you read my blog often, I use a lot of bullet points and I make a lot of lists. Here's another one to add to my list of lists. I just used the word "list" four times in two sentences... oops, well, it's Friday.

I was thinking that there are a lot of things I am afraid of. Sometimes I want to cower in a corner and cover my eyes, and hide under a blanket. Is that bad? Could be. But honestly, if you look for the positive in it, having fears and being afraid actually leads to great consequences like SAVING MONEY! Booyah.

So the next time you see something like this image on Pinterest, fret not...

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When Being Scared Saves Me Money

  • I'm scared of heights, which means I don't have to spend money on:
    • Skydiving - Never!
    • Bungee jumping - Scary!
    • Rollercoasters - Okay I used to LOVE rollercoasters but I'm over that phase. I'm scared of them.
    • Hot air balloons - I don't fall for those Groupons for hot air balloon rides. Pass.
    • Ziplining - Sliding down a zipline? No thanks!
    • Paragliding - Relying on a parachute? Not for me!
    • Hanggliding - You get the point.
  • Haunted Houses: I admit that I do like haunted houses, but I am terrified of them. I went with my friend once to those haunted houses during Halloween, and I closed my eyes the entire time I walked through it. I held onto her and just screamed with my eyes closed. I think I could have done that without paying $20.
  • I'm Claustrophobic: I'm so claustrophobic it's not even funny. If my BF hugs me too tight I have to push him off. I hate airplane seats (unless I'm in first class). I also hate the middle seat of a car's backseat. This means I don't spend money on concerts or anywhere where there's going to be a crapload of people.
  • The Dark: Yes I'm 24 and I'm afraid of the dark. I have tiny cataracts so my optometrist suggests that I avoid driving at night... see it's for my own safety. This saves me gas!
  • Eating Raw Fish (and other exotic expensive food): I don't really like sushi unless it's a California roll or shrimp tempura. That's okay with me because going out for sushi gets expensive.
  • Hot Yoga: This goes with my claustrophobia issue. I don't like feeling stuck in a room, especially in a really hot room where I can't escape. Add exercise to that and I would be having panic attacks while doing hot yoga. I do like pilates though but thankfully not hot yoga since that would be another huge expense for me.
  • Losing: I hate losing so I don't gamble or go to casinos although we have a plethora of them here. My friends and I used to go in college and I would royally suck at the penny slots and roulette, so I only like to play with fake money now.
  • Sharks: I will not scuba dive in the deep! I will snorkel though.
  • My Car Breaking Down in the Middle of Nowhere: I'm overly paranoid with my car. I check my tires all the time with my pressure checker to avoid flats, I bug my BF to change my oil every 4,000 miles, and if anything seems off, I'll be bugging him to check on it. I like to think this saves me money!
Geez, I sound like a wimp. This post should be renamed to "When Being a Wimp Saves Me Money". In all good fun, this post was just to inspire you that being afraid is okay sometimes, and you don't have to leave ALL of your fears behind. We're human, we're not robots (not yet anyway).

What are you afraid of? Please tell me I'm not the only wimp here!

18 comments:

Rebecca said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am claustrophobic too! Not as severely, but pretty bad! I also am afraid of breaking my bones (because it happens way too often).

Michelle P said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I can relate to you on so many of these! This post is hilarious, I love it.

And I'm terrified of the dark. Our basement is probably the scariest place on earth haha

P.S. I might have to steal this idea from you.

Serendipity said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm scared of heights. I can't even go on an escalator properly, I have a weird tick I do to get on.

shopping2saving said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Michelle P Feel free to!

Well Heeled Blog said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i'm scared of...horror movies, so I don't watch them (I think I make up for it because I love all other kinds of movies, though). I'm also really scared of Haunted Houses so like you, I never go into one. Why would I want to pay to have an almost heart attack?!

femmefrugality said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Another huge wimp, here! Although I think I'd try ziplining...a lot of those other things are off my list, too. Claustrophobic, scared of haunted houses (won't do again,) horror movies, bugs (though I don't let them stop me from getting outside and enjoying my summer days.) Guess I never realized how much my fears really do save me! Great post. ;)

Girl Makes Cents said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Haha this is funny. I am not a fan of rollercoasters and I'm so afraid of sharks but LOVE scuba diving. Gotta face the fears even if they are expensive once in a while.

Daisy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Good post! I'm afraid of almost everything you've listed. Except hot yoga. It's fun. But other than that, we're two peas in a pod!

banclothing said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am scared of a heights.. big time; even when I out in open water, I feel like I am up high. But I am always challenging myself by cliff jumping, scuba diving... and I am hoping to go on a rollercoaster and skydive in the very near future. Is it worth 'saving money' to not face your fears? I would much rather opt out but I don't want to let fear control my life.

RAW said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Interesting post and list. I would never have thought about how being scared of things could lead to saving money. I'm right there with you in being afraid of thrills (bungee jumping, etc). I'm too afraid of something going horribly wrong!

I was in Las Vegas a few months ago for a meeting and played the slots. Biggest waste of $60 in my life. It was very sad to see people sitting at the slot machines for hours, too :(

Frugal Fries said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am petrified of driving! Especially in my area--it's freaking scary. As you can imagine this makes travel a little difficult, but we also save a lot by only having one car.

shopping2saving said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@banclothing If there is a fear that you are facing, I'd say it is not worth it to skip out just to save money! If I had to I would go to a haunted house or scuba diving, but for the rest I am perfectly happy not doing any of it!

~Carla~ said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I don't travel... Don't like planes (never been on one), hate going on the highways, etc..I'm very much a homebody! Saves $$$. ;)

shopping2saving said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@~Carla~ I am a HUGE homebody! There's nothing better than chilling in my PJs with my dog, laptop, books, ice cream, and TV!

Dave@Metal Buildings Utah said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Very interesting way to look at life, seems like it would save money though! Way to go!

Tom@Foodsaver Bags said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It's always scary when you don't have enough money to put food on your table. Especially when you have children. Not a feeling I wish on anyone.

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