I'm working with a group of courageous folks who are using the book Emotional Currency (Kate Levinson, author) to explore their emotions relative to all aspects of money.
I've been through the book already, doing all the exercises, and these are a few of the things I've noticed about myself and my thoughts and beliefs relative to money:
1. While I will buy things at the grocery store that are not on sale, I get a bit of a rush when something I intend to buy IS on sale. I also always do the math relative to sizes and prices to make sure I'm getting the best deal.
2. My first consideration on whether to buy something is nearly always (99.9%) based on price.
3. I LOVE a good deal. I did know this before, but I see how emotionally-charged a good deal is for me.
4. There are certain money-related "unmentionables." These are thoughts I have (and I believe we all have) relative to money that we consider embarrassing or shameful, and we would never want anyone to know we have them.
5. I, personally, cannot separate love from money, and this stems all the way back to childhood. This was a huge realization, and something that will be a topic for much introspection over time, I'm sure.
6. I knew I was spoiled as a child, but that spoiling went way far beyond what I had initially realized. Please note that I consider "spoiled" to be a compliment (smile).
Emotional Currency is quite a worthwhile book!