Boredom: Our Financial Fumble, Is It Yours Too?

Boredom, Your Wallet’s Enemy

The saying goes, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” When we don’t keep ourselves busy, we get into trouble. Boredom had been and still to some degree can be a problem for us. Plus it is a major Although we are keeping busy these days building The Debt Free Guys business.

What we found was that when our minds or hands were idle, our wallets often were not. Whether it is mindless shopping online, going out for a glass of wine that turns into a $60 gourmet fete or a cheap brunch that turns into a $200 ‘Sunday Funday’ (yes we’ve done it too!),  if we don’t have a spending plan, we’ll spend unconsciously, preventing you from paying off your debt. By simply being bored, we’re inclined to fill time with something counter to our goals, such as dining out, cocktails or shopping for things we didn’t need nor plan for in our budget. We have so many stories we could tell here, but that would make this a whopper of a post.

Combatting the Boredom

How do we address boredom? There’s another saying that comes to mind here, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” We know it isn’t easy, but we found it best to try and have a back-up plan of things to do. With the plethora of list apps (here are 5 good ones) having a list of activities handy is pretty easy. Implementing them is the hard part. We suggest you make your lists as fun as you want and have some but not significant spending.  Some of the easier are movie marathons, museum and art gallery visits and a stack of coupons/Groupons to places we want to go keeps us on the financial offense and help you manage your budget. Not only are we prepared when boredom strikes, we maintain control during those moments of weakness.

5 Things to Do When You are Bored

  1. Get outside and get active – ride a bike, run, go to the park or play a sport, paired with some snacks and a cheap bottle of wine from our list.
  2. Have a movie marathon with a specific theme. One of ours is Sci-fi. Here’s a great list. Add in your own theatre experience with popcorn and candy from the store.
  3. Find a way to volunteer at a local charity or charity event. Eventbrite.com is a great resource for finding some near you. 
  4. Learn a new skill – keeping your education going can be as easy getting on the YouTube Eduction channel
  5. Become your family’s Money Master by download a Debt Free Guys book (yes, a little shameless plug)

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Comment List

  • CanadianBudgetBinder 26 / 07 / 2014 Reply

    Very true. It’s amazing how many bored people will go out and spend money because they have nothing else better to do. Taking up a hobby or going for a walk might ease that tendency.

    • John Schneider 30 / 07 / 2014 Reply

      Exactly! It’s the same with food. How often do we stuff our faces with food we really aren’t hungry for when we are bored. If we can focus on some cheap or free activities that get our minds going all the better.

      Thanks for the comment!

    • John Schneider 30 / 07 / 2014 Reply

      We have to admit, we are susceptible to spending out of boredom. It’s a constant effort to avoid that. Ironically, we usually default to a physical activity. So, that has multiple benefits. We just think it’s important to know what your plan b is.

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