An Asperger's Obsession With SAVING Money?! !??



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JakeWilson
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Sat May 24, 2008 10:26 pm

As someone with Asperger's who has had trouble with spending money too carelessly, I have had problems treasuring money. But these rising gas prices and some circumstances of my new job have made me a new man :D ! Now it seems I am going to that "other extreme of the pendalum" to where every minute of every day I am trying to conserve gasoline and money! I think God is teaching me to conserve my money and be more cautious about spending. It seems something though how my Asperger's executive functioning has added to spending my money like a drunken sailor in the past, but now my AS obsessiveness is taking me the other way! Does anyone else have a story like this? And for all those out there who are having trouble with bad spending habits, there is hope! Maybe like me your AS will take you in the other direction one day.



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Sat May 24, 2008 10:27 pm

I suppose that saving money is a good obession to have, unless you go really overboard with it, like Hetty Green or Howard Hughes... their stories might interest you, maybe google them of you have a spare moment.


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Sat May 24, 2008 10:54 pm

ME! I won't buy ANYTHING if it's not on some sort of sale!



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Sat May 24, 2008 10:54 pm

I want to become obsessed with saving money. I'm going to think about saving money, every single day, all day long, starting now. I plan to save $300 a month and than every two months, spend $150 on my T-Shirt business.


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Sat May 24, 2008 11:28 pm

I am obsessed with saving change, to the point where my grandma bought me an automatic counting change holder because I will spend hours sorting and counting my change.
one of my best friends gave me about $16 in change for my birthday - one of my best gifts this year.



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Sat May 24, 2008 11:34 pm

I'm saving because it's sensible, but the government won't let you have more than a certain amount if you're on disability, so I have to find ways to spend the rest... nowadays it is going to charity, because I really have all I need. I have always gotten by on very little and would feel uncomfortable buying something "nice" when what I have is just as serviceable, especially because I know what it is like to be very nearly homeless and living on ramen noodles and food-pantry pickings. I tried to get into a program that let me save for college, but I wasn't accepted. :cry:


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Sat May 24, 2008 11:45 pm

I know your problem, the program I am on for my lack of parents causes me to be able to save up to $200 at any time, even one cent more and I forefit my given money for the month (can't make rent or buy groceries without it) so I tend to buy stuff other people need that I know of.



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Sat May 24, 2008 11:59 pm

My success in being able to finish degrees has depended on my ability to save money. It's a fun game to do my own car repairs and whatnot, and I have had the same vehicle since 1995. The difference between buying a new vehicle would have caused me to be out of money by now!


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Sat May 24, 2008 11:59 pm

You have a limit on saving? I've never heard that before...

Save it in cash :P Cash is wonderfully untraceable. And then, you can buy something cool and expensive once in a while. Actually... better idea, have a friend buy it for you :P


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Sun May 25, 2008 12:02 am

it's likely the premise is that if you can save that kind of money, you don't need help.

I didn't actually save money, but I used to have a budget. I live hand to mouth now (boy am I tired of Ramen...;), from paycheck to paycheck. but enough of that...



Sun May 25, 2008 12:46 am

I have been obsessed with saving money since my early teens. It is a good obsession to have because it keeps you from over spending and it helps you manage your money too. My ex had a problems with me not buying anything because I was saving my money for bills and survival because I didn't have a job for three months. He didn't see that as managing my money. He expected me to spend it on fun. Well how smart is it to spend it on stuff you don't need (ed. videogames, junk food going to places like movies) when you are jobless and the fact I was having problems with SSI? I was only getting 115 a month from them because some lady in Missoula didn't put my pay stubs into the computer system. No way I was going to spend my money on fun stuff and then I run out and have to call my parents to ask for money from them. No way I was going to borrow money from them and then have to pay it all back. I hate being in debt.



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Sun May 25, 2008 12:49 am

I'm obsessed with saving up for things. I sell candy at school to save up for things like guitar strings and videogames, so I don't have to go running to my mom for everything.

And though I'm 16, and teens are supposed to be excited abotu getting a driver's license, I say screw a car. I've got a beautiful road bike that costs me nothing to use :).



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Sun May 25, 2008 1:24 am

haha :) , i'm the complete opposite I can't keep money as soon as i get it, it's gone. the longest I've held onto money was three weeks, although i should try to save my money if i ever want to get the things i really want.


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Sun May 25, 2008 1:38 am

I might be going through something similar at the moment. I used to be hopeless with money, impulsively buying anything vaguely related to that moment's interest. But I'm currently checking my bank balance obsessively, refusing to eat out when I don't need to and miraculously accumulating money in my savings account - this never happened before. Most of my obsessions only last a few months, but I'm hoping this one might stick around a bit longer - long enough to get rid of my debts maybe :)


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Sun May 25, 2008 1:43 am

kip wrote:
You have a limit on saving? I've never heard that before...

Save it in cash :P Cash is wonderfully untraceable. And then, you can buy something cool and expensive once in a while. Actually... better idea, have a friend buy it for you :P


Unfortunately for the program I have to use Debit and turn in all receipts to them. Gift cards always work out though, it doesn't count as long as the amount on it is under $50 per card and not over $250 all cards together.

It's a stupid program with rules meant to keep people off of it so the government saves money - basically a conspiracy against letting us get on our own two feet, that way they can make lots of money off taxes and pay us just enough to live. Pretty sure I can't pay rent when all I have to my name is $200, even living with my grandparents room and board, groceries, and 'luxuries' (usually a cheap DVD and my cell phone bill) cost me at least $400 a month.

I have about $139 in change squirreled away but it's my emergency money, so if I get the boot (though as long as I'm in school or paying them at least three quarters of the money I owe per month my Grandparents won't kick me out) I'll have some money to fall back on. Been in the 'no money, no place to go' scenario too many times in the past.



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