Oxymoron? That is up for debate. I’m going to argue that it is possible to gamble within budget.
Like anything else in life, gambling is acceptable in small doses. You do too much of anything and it is easy to become addicted. Think moderation people. I don’t want strangers on the internet to go around thinking that Girl from Girl Meets Debt sure is a hard time gambler. Because I am not. I just sometimes daydream about winning the lottery to pay off my debt once and for all but I think everyone has had variations of that same winning the lottery dream.
When I was younger, one of my family’s favorite pastime was to play Bingo together. I come from a family of 6 so it was always great fun! Sometimes we would all put in 25 cents each to make the pot $1.50 and that would make the game so much more exciting to play! Back in the early 90′s when my family was playing bingo together, we had old-fashioned bingo game cards and bingo chips. Nowadays in 2013 it is much more cooler to play online at sites like FoxyBingo.com. Random Girl tidbit fact. My beloved family dog is name Bingo
In my early 20s, I went to the casino a handful of times but I never played over my budget. I would limit myself to $20 playing cash per night and that was it. Even if I was on a winning streak, I stopped if I lost my original $20. I think going to casinos was more of a socializing activity for myself and friends. Now if only I had that same self-control with my cash when it came to drinking and clubbing, but that’s another post altogether
Nowadays, I buy the random scratch ticket and if the lottery is extra large that week, then I will buy a ticket but that’s about all the gambling I do. I also enjoy the occasional poker game. This past Christmas, when I visited home, my sister taught us all how to play poker. I lost $10 but the fun I had with my family was priceless! Who knew my mom had such a poker face lol. Some frugal enthusiast might argue that spending those few dollars a month on lottery tickets is wasteful since my chances of winning are like 1 in a billion but I think it’s a small price to pay for maybe, possibly, hopefully being that one lucky person that winning day. Hey, a Girl can dream right?