Wednesday, August 24, 2016

26 The Underestimated Power Of Money Sickness

Money sickness is an ailment that arises from the result of an empty wallet/purse, an empty bank account and  the desire to acquire something with no financial capacity. It is a sickness that has the ability to break the strongest of people.
The symptoms can range from very mild to serious and some of them are: ability to count the ceiling all night without falling asleep, constant fever, unexplained confusion, loss of appetite and sudden anger.

     I was browsing through Whatsapp when I saw this picture on a friend’s profile. On one hand it seems funny and on the other, it’s not when you’re in that situation.
The major problem with this sickness is that oftentimes it is taken for granted. Imagine someone asking ‘you don’t look okay, are you ill?’ and you respond with “yes. I don’t have money and it’s making me sick.’ The initial response to that would be ‘you’re not serious, I thought you have malaria’ followed by a mild laughter.
      For me, this is the worst sickness you would have to go through as it not only destabilizes you physically but emotionally and mentally. It is at this point that the Landlord starts calling to remind you that your rent is long overdue. It is at this point the kids come home to tell you the school is hosting an excursion and all their mates are going. It is at this point that the milk, milo, washing soap and other important household item is finished. It is at this point that neighbours have started rallying for the monthly electricity bill. It is at this point that you pass by the roadside and see a beautiful dress hung in front of a boutique that would have otherwise flattered your figure.
And at that point… you can’t afford it. So, you’re thrown into a deep web of confusion and the headache and cold starts to creep in. But you know you always get through this phase so be strong.


  When I’m having money sickness or money malaria as I personally call it, I tend to keep by myself as conversations are certainly not what I want to get into. I’m usually upset by everything so I try to think of a forward approach. 
Friends, tell me how you deal with this evil and please provide some prevention and possible cure if you have any.

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26 comments

  1. I can't stop laughing at the symptoms of money sickness, counting the seiling, loss of appetite etc. I tell you when I dont have money, that is when I want to buy everything. It's very annoying.

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  2. That's right, all of a sudden, needs and wants start to spring up like the fountain of life itself. The mind can no longer think straight, coupled with depression. It indeed is not a phase I wish for anyone.

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  3. It happens to the best of us :(

    Prevention would be to make (and stick) to a budget. Also try to avoid compulsive buying.

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    1. Yes it does. Unfortunately, I am a compulsive buyer and I am trying to curb the bad habit.
      It's nice to have you here Chi.

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  4. Hahahaha money sickness is real!
    You may not even want to buy anything with the money but when there's no money, you sort of lose your peace. LOL

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    1. You're right at 'lose your peace'. That is what I hate about having no cash at hand to fulfil some necessary evils. It causes the worst heartache.

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  5. Love this post, sounds funny but is true, thanks for sharing!!!

    xxx

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    1. I'm glad you found it refreshing. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day ahead.

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  6. If yours is money malaria mine is money typhoid. I hate when I want something and can't get it.

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    1. Awww... take it easy dear. It can be tough but we'll get through.

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  8. There's always a time when this sickness visits... And I hate it.

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  9. There's always a time when this sickness visits... And I hate it.

    www.yvonnyblog.wordpress.com

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    1. I tell you, it is no respecter of person. It indeed is something we dread but sometimes manage to find ourself in. Hopefully, one gets through that phase.
      I'm glad to have you here.

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  10. Girl, This post is exactly what i needed to read.
    The feeling of getting a credit alert cannot be fully described. like i need one right now(lol).
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    1. Hahahaha. Tell me about it. When I get an beep on my phone, I silently pray it's my bank notifying me that I have just received some cash because there's something about knowing you have finances to aid your expenditure. Being without money is definitely the worst sickness ever.

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  11. This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

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  12. I think not planning your finance may be a causal effect of this money issues. It is good to budget the money one has so that you can avoid such occurrences.

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    1. Not planning finances is of course one of the major causes of this. Not everyone is very good in this however, making small changes like weekly/monthly budgets could go a long way

      Thanks for your input.

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  13. Lol money sickness is so real. Sometimes you don't even have a plan for the money, but just knowing you don't have any money will make you sick. when it happens I try to avoid seeing anything I'd want to buy cause I'm an impulsive buyer

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    1. You know when you have money, the anxiety to but things isn't as much because all you have to do is go and get it. With no money, it can be so depressing even when there are no needs. Like you too, I am a heck of a compulsive buyer: buying stuffs I do not need or may never use.

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    1. I'm glad you found this interesting Kachee. Good planning it is.

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  15. Hi Cherish,

    This hilarious piece made me laugh so hard. Lol

    Ah, money malaria is a valid sickness, it steals one's peace of mind and fills their heart with irrational anger.

    With the current economic recession in Nigeria, this sickness is becoming very rampant.

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    1. My dear Nedoux, I apologise for replying late. I was having some issues with my blog template which I have now resolved.

      The economic recession is indeed an epidemic. Imagine pure water selling for N15 now because of 'dollar'. I am hopeful that we will scale through these times. Smart spending does sure help in times like these.

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