Financial Fast: You can save money –
even on special events – if you try

DAY FOUR _ Today is where the rubber meets the road on this financial fast.

The North American International Auto Show has opened at Cobo Center downtown. More than 5,000 journalists have registered (a third of them from other climes around the world) representing 60 countries and 39 states.

More than 13,000 tickets have been sold to the big Charity Gala tomorrow night, where the glitz and glamour is out of control. It is a showcase event. It is one of the highlights of the social, fashion and auto season.

And this fast will not allow me to buy a new gown.

WXYZ news anchors Carolyn Clifford and Stephen Clark with former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing at the 2013 show
WXYZ news anchors Carolyn Clifford and Stephen Clark with former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing at the 2013 show

At first I was frustrated, but then I remembered the point of this fast, which is to change the way I view my world, to be about giving and focusing on others rather than getting and just focusing on me. It would be different if I had nothing But I have so much. And anything that reminds me of the blessings that exist is a good thing.

So I went into my newly organized closet, which is still full of clothes and found two outfits immediately.

It took 10 minutes.

The shoes are there. The makeup is in the bathroom.

I do not have to spend money.

Now I’m having my coffee and fruit and making tuna fish salad for lunch. I can see myself not spending a cent through the rest of this day.

This is amazing.