Have you ever seen one of those ‘Nope’ memes? Here’s one below:
I love nope. Nope is probably one of the most powerful words in the English language – and it’s only one syllable. Saying nope is an important part of establishing boundaries and differentiating you from me. There are lots of reasons why nope is such an awesome word and I’m going to add another one today: I’m going to use the Power of Nope to help me save money.
How am I going to do this? Not in the traditional sense where I say “no” to something like using my car and take the bus every day to save money. That would be really shitty since its -20° Celsius (-4°F for our American friends) six months out of the year. Essentially, any money I save by “noping” a certain activity will be invested into a TFSA account for the future. This isn’t the newest idea ever. After all, lots of people take the money they would have spent on a usual purchase and put it in the bank. But I like to think I’m putting a twist on it.
For instance, take the Fifty Shades of Grey movie coming out on February 14. While the first book was an enjoyably spicy read, I’m not sure I could ever be ready to file into a large auditorium-like theatre with four hundred other people to watch Hollywood porn.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be crazy hot but how exactly is that going to work out? Let me paint a picture. Before the movie starts: Everything seems normal. It’s a movie. There are movies all the time. A normal movie on a normal day with normal people. What could possibly go wrong?
Twenty minutes into the movie and all sanity would be gone. Society, and all associated rules and expectations, would break down à la sexy Lord of the Flies. Hundreds of people crammed into a sweaty theatre brimming with heavy breathing and animal pheromones. Fuck. Get me the hell out of there. I am just way too repressed to enjoy that kind of social situation. Traumatizing as shit. Nope. Just nope.
Since this is so clearly a nope situation, something good should come out of this near miss tragedy. This is where my shiny new Power of Nope Plan will come in. Since I won’t be going to this movie in theatres, I will save the $13.25 from the movie admission and put it into my TFSA investment account. But this is just the start, my friends. From now on, I will be taking money from the everyday purchases I would normally make and set them aside for investing. I’m just starting out with this plan so I’m excited to see where it goes. I’ll post over the next few weeks with a new Power off Nope Plan savings.
I’ll leave you with the 50 Shades of Grey movie preview done with Lego. Because it’s awesome: