I like to play poker. I used to play with some friends of mine, back when I was single and working. I was usually the only girl. Sometimes I won, sometimes I lost, but I always had a great time.
Now that I’m married and trying to make life work on one income I can’t throw money at poker. I haven’t missed it, but I was still happy to find an online poker application on Facebook. I can play as long as I like with pretend money. I love gambling when there’s no real risk!
The funniest thing is that I’m even frugal while playing with fake money. I get $700 a day just for showing up to play, and I make sure never to lose more than that in a day, and more days than not I win. In little more than a month I’ve amassed a faux fortune of over $50,000.
Now really. What would it hurt for me to play the 100/200 tables instead of the 1/2 tables? Or go all in on a pair of twos? Nothing! But being frugal is so ingrained in me I need to even be careful with money that DOES NOT EXIST!
No wonder my friends get me Dollar Store gift cards for my birthday…
I’ve noticed that frugality is chic these days, which is a great thing. First time I was ever ahead of a trend! And now that we’re in a depression recession, being frugal is going to become a necessity for many people who thought it a dirty word just a few months ago.
I hope people will stay out of the real casinos, risking what little money they do have on the slots or blackjack or craps. Come join me at the virtual tables, which are a very frugal escape from the realities in our 401ks.