So when you quit drinking and doing drugs, what will you do with all the money you’re no longer spending? Are you making the most out of your sobriety savings account? Oh, you don’t have one… Well buy my book and I’ll show you how to start one and explain what it is. Because if you don’t establish a specific “Sobriety Savings” account the money will just migrate to some other place and you probably won’t see the rewards of your efforts.
There’s a lot you’ll be able to do with the money in your sobriety savings account. You can pay for unexpected expenses, pay off off bills, start investing or buy cool stuff. But you might want to consider buying yourself some new and fun experiences with it.
Drinking and doing drugs is an experience. You want to experience the buzz and you want a feel-good experience. But maybe after a while it gets carried away and it isn’t a fun experience anymore. The dependency can cost more than the price of the substance itself through lost productivity, lost time, lost opportunities, lost relationships and lost experiences.
So if getting drunk is the act of pursuing an experience, why not use the money you’re no longer spending pursuing sober experiences? You can buy yourself fun experiences. You will be able to buy things or do things you wouldn’t have been able to afford as a drunk.
Let me give you an example of how it can work: If you stay sober for 3 months and stash away $10.00 a day, (c’mon, you can stay sober for 3 months), at the end of 90 days you’ll have $900.00 in your sobriety savings account. Then YOU decide what experience you want to buy for yourself.
Stuff might be necessary to allow for the experience to happen. Go buy a tent and some basic camping gear then go out on a fun camping weekend. Or buy a bunch of fishing gear for you and your kids and take them fishing. Save enough and you might be able to afford a boat, camping trailer or RV. The “stuff” simply allows for the experience to happen.
I ran into a fellow camper here at Bahia Honda Key State Park. (By the way, I would never be experiencing this had I continued drinking.) And he commented on the lettering all over my RV. We got to talking and he’s been a non-drinker for a little over 5 years.
Out of the blue, and with no prompting he said, “I did the math on how much I was spending on booze. I figured I was going through 12-to-15,000 a year! My buddies at work ask me how I can afford to come hang out in the Keys a couple times a year. I tell ‘em it’s because I don’t go hang out in the bar with them after work anymore. I don’t drink so I can afford all sorts of cool shit. I just bought my ol’ lady this bad-ass looking butterfly montage at an art shop in Key West. I would have spent twice what that thing cost on a weekend of drinking and I wouldn’t be hangin’ out here in the Keys.” He’s spending his booze money on experiences.
I found our conversation a bit ironic because I was walking around on the beach contemplating how I would structure this article. This helped jell my thoughts together.
We were seeking an experience through drinking. So to reward ourselves for not drinking, why not use the money we’re no longer spending buying booze and buy ourselves some new and fun sober experiences? YOU decide what you would like to experience. Establishing a specific “Sobriety Savings” account will afford you the money to do this for yourself and for the people you care about.
Think about this for a minute. Wouldn’t it be cool to afford to do some fun things with your kids or loved ones simply because you no longer drink? Just think about it.
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