I started freelancing and became the opposite of a penny-pincher. All of a sudden my efforts were actually tied to how much I was making, instead of making the same amount no matter how hard I worked. So, I started making way more and then I started feeling like I didn't need to scrimp and I could buy what I wanted when I wanted because I had clearly worked for it. And, I could go where I wanted when I wanted, because no one cared. Of course, I also have panic attacks that the money's all going to drive up, so maybe eventually I'll decide to spend some of that on counseling. Or, I'll just buy something to make myself feel better.