Overspending by the government and a stupid-death story (like something you'd see on Jay Leno about a guy getting drunk and trying to wrestle a grizzly bear) have one thing in common.
You can't help but laugh when you hear about it, and yet part of you is sad.
We certainly have that feeling after reading Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn's report on ways that the government wasted money in 2012–everything from pottery to golf to the circus. Here are some of the high (low) lights from that report:
So you know the big point of the story: don't rely on the government to fix your problems since they spend money like this.
But while the stuff you might blow money on isn't as ridiculous as talking bathroom equipment or circus lessons, there are most likely places in your budget that could use a serious look. If you don't use something, or you could use a less expensive version of it, why would you keep paying too much for it?
Look through your spending plan tonight and see exactly what you put your money toward. If you have a premium cable package, ask yourself how often you watch those extra channels. If the answer is "Hardly ever," then cut back to basic cable and save some money. Don't pay a lot just to know that the "premium" channels are there. You'll notice the cash in your bank account a lot faster than you'll notice that those rarely-watched channels are gone.
Same goes for a health club membership that you use once a month or a car that you can sell to be rid of the payment. Your money can go so much further if you look at what you actually use and stop your spending at that point.
If only the government could learn the same thing.