We waste a lot of money each month. Whether it’s at restaurants or on video games or on impulse purchases, we do it all the time. Rent, food, and gas are all needs, but other than that, I recently committed to a monthly payment that I consider to be the best of my life.
With all the great features smartphones have and with all the communicating we do, it’s hard to go 45 minutes without someone trying to contact you by phone or email. Even worse, it’s hard not to want to check to see if someone is trying to get in touch with you.
Lauren and I are used to texting constantly and it turns out that it’s a lot harder not to text and drive than it sounds. We have a big problem not picking up the phone when someone texts and when you’re sitting in traffic, it’s hard not to reach for the phone.
We’ve agreed not to text, but it wasn’t a foolproof plan. We still succumbed to the pressure occasionally, and even though we knew how unsafe it was, we couldn’t help it.
I decided we needed to take drastic action, so while the fear of death enough, apparently $100 is. I told Lauren that each month she doesn’t text and drive, she can have $100 in cash to spend on anything she wants, whether it’s clothing, charity, presents for me, or saving (wouldn’t it be great for her to save that $100 each month for years and surprise me with $50,000 that she’s saved up for 20 years?).
This is above and beyond our normal budget. And she gets it in cash so that I don’t go tracking her purchases and asking her why she’s wasting money. Obviously, Lauren’s safety is more than worth the money and I don’t care what she does with that $100.
Of course, this wouldn’t work for me because I’d be inclined to just save that $100 so we’ll have to think of another way to keep me motivated not to text and drive. Maybe a special steak dinner for me once a month?
We put in this agreement so that we don’t have to get letters like this. The best $100 recurring bill I’ve ever committed to.