Pinching All Your Pennies? Time to Learn to Let It Go
Whether you call it penny-pinching, frugality, or just plain ol’ being cheap, if you do it, you know it also comes with a hefty dose of worrying. You worry you didn’t get the best deal. You agonize over a missed promo code when shopping online. You debate the smallest of purchases. While some frugality can be a good thing, too much can drive anyone crazy.
It’s easier said than done, but sometimes it’s better just to let it go. Recently, Michelle Singletary, author of the nationally syndicated personal finance column, “The Color of Money,” talked about her own attempts to leave worry behind and enjoy life.
It started with a trip:
And it didn’t get easier once she got there. “At one point during a walking tour to see the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi,” Singletary writes, “I had to use the bathroom, but there was a 60-cent charge. I actually paused to weigh my options.”
The problem is, penny-pinching often comes from past influences, the way we were raised or our beyond-broke college years, but that doesn’t mean things can’t change. You can—as the song says—let it go.
Want to hear about the rest of Singletary’s hilarious (and educational) trip? Check out “Penny-Pinchers Unite: Let the Angst Go” at The Washington Post.