Back in October, I was walking into my job and pop! My laptop bag breaks. Feelings hurt; at lunch, I run out and purchase a cheap tote so I can carry my laptop and wallet home on the subway. I reach out to the company with pictures and a copy of the receipt and they will not replace the bag because I have had it over a year (I only carried the bag for a total of 8 months since I switch to a book bag in the winter). ______________________
I kept the bag in my desk all winter and with spring teasing me; I decided I need want a tote. I look on Yelp for handbag repair in the city but all the places with good reviews were on the other side of the city (not far just lazy), so I started searching for a bag because I know I’m getting a bonus. Of course, I go to the website for the bag I have been wanting forever but I can’t bring myself to buy it because it is my reward for paying off my student loan. I really want a quality work bag since I carry it back and forth on the bus and subway at least 4 times a week and it had to transition from work to after work and prefer one that is a little larger so I would only carry one bag.
I found the perfect bag but it was $275 and its nylon material (Why? Great for rain, but at that price why???) I look for other options but the other bags don’t have what I’m looking for. I couldn’t bring myself to buy the bag when I could put that $275 toward my student loan. My friend recommends that I take the bag to our shoe repair man (I never see bags in there so I didn’t even consider him). This man told me he could fix my bag for $25. I almost broke out in a praise dance in his shop. God is good.
I’m telling you this story to highlight the mindset you need to take on to reach your financial goals. Old Alanna would have brought that bag even though the price hurt her feelings, but my goals mean more to me than that bag so I will take $25 and a step closer to my goal over $275 work tote any day!!!!