8: The Temptation of Instant Gratification, Why I Cut up my Credit Card and cancelled Amazon

I have a confession to make…I have been overspending and falling into the trap of instant gratification.  In episode 3 of the Blissfully Calm Podcast, I shared my story of how I paid off $100,000 in debt.  During the years of paying off my debt, I made a lot of sacrifices and lived an extremely frugal life.  

I decided to keep one credit card open.  I used this card to pay for 3 trips to Costa Rica, Europe, and countless other trips.  This card was also connected to my Amazon Prime account which made it so easy to buy anything I wanted.  I became addicted to the feeling instant gratification and the dopamine hit I got when I came home to a box from Amazon.  My monthly credit card statements nearly gave me a heart attack.  Every month I paid the balance off but would regularly have to transfer money from my savings.  

A few weeks ago, I had an aha-moment that my overspending was putting my future in jeopardy.  Instead of investing my money, I was a consuming and buying things I didn’t need.  I was so angry with myself that I made the drastic decision to cut my credit card up and canceled my Amazon Prime membership. 

It has been a few weeks since I’ve cut up my card and I’ve been living off a cash budget.  I feel much calmer knowing that I’m not overspending and that I will not have a panic attack when Capital One sends me an email with my balance each month.  Looking back, I’ve always been happiest when I’m living a minimalist lifestyle and placing my focus on experiences and not things.  

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