I hate gambling

November 18, 2011
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I hate gambling.

I’ve come to realize how my I hate gambling. It doesn’t make sense to me to want to risk my money in hopes of a larger reward.      Although I have purchased the odd lottery ticket here and there, but I am almost always disappointed after the fact. I am not a dreamer   where I think I will win the jackpot, but I have on occasion gotten sucked in the  hoopla surrounding it. I have to casinos and almost always spent less than $5, and upon losing that money, gotten annoyed and spent the evening people watching. I find the latter a lot more enjoyable.

I find it ironic that I hate wasting my hard earned money gambling, but have no qualms buying junk that I have no need for. I hate this mentality and have recently become very aware of it. Whether it is the extra winter coat or the new headphones or cell phone, or tablet. I seem to able to justify them more when they are just as much of waste as gambling. I can only use one coat/pair of shoes/sunglasses at a time. I have always judged people when they spend evenings at the blackjack table or at the slots and assumed they all have issues, yet I don’t sit down and look closely at my spending habits. It is rather ironic that I am judge without looking internally first.

Something about throwing stones and glass houses.

Not to go on a rant, and no I am not depressed but I am starting to finally see the result of my actions and I don’t like them.


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  • jocelyn November 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I feel the same away about gambling. I hate it. It’s odd because I am now more aware of my spending habits and I will refuse to buy certain things (if I already own something similar) but I will spend $5-10 a week on lotto tickets. I hate that I spend that much on gambling and it’s a habit I definitely need to break.

    • Marissa November 19, 2011 at 3:13 am

      Its weird when you when you can see your bad habits, isnt it? I find it to be an eye opening experience.

  • krantcents November 19, 2011 at 1:57 am

    I am a risk taker, but not a gambler. I have had businesses and invest all the time! Gambling is something I view as entertainment and I am only willing to lose very little.

    • Marissa November 19, 2011 at 3:12 am

      I would say classify myself as a uninformed risk taker. I do that moderately as well.

  • Rafiki November 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    People spend money on things they enjoy or things they believe they enjoy. For some it is gambling, for others it is shopping. Both can become addictive habits if not careful, but weather you are a gambler or shopper, make sure that what you are doing brings you true joy and always make sure to be in control of it. I don’t judge what people spend their money on so long as it is honest money.

  • Daniel November 20, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    I actually love gambling. I prefer to bet on myself rather than at tables games, but I get a rush there too.

    I used to play free cell online, and made about $1,500 doing it. It was fun, easy for me, and I had a lot of confidence in myself. I always believe I can beat someone else, which is what draws me to it.

    As for table games, losing $100 isn’t the end of the world, and it’s weird to expect it, but there’s also a big upside, and winning money that I don’t really deserve is awesome!

    • Marissa November 21, 2011 at 12:38 am

      Im the other way around. I hate taking that risk which is weird as I take risks with a lot of other things. If i go into something assuming that I loose $100, then I might as well buy something nice with it instead.

  • Aaron Hung November 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I was never into any kind of gambling. Like you, I purchased a few lottery here and there but wasn’t really into it like other people. In my mind, gambling is throwing money away and I can’t afford to. It’s not about taking risk for me, it’s just simply not my thing

  • Niki November 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I don’t find gambling fun either. Maybe it’s because I’ve never never known the thrill of winning. But I don’t think so. I also don’t like risks and would rather not lose my hard earned money on chance.

  • Mid Life Miser November 22, 2011 at 1:53 am

    I actually like gambling. I really enjoy playing blackjack or hold ’em for a few hours. BUT, I probably only hit the casino 1-2 times per year (at the most). And, I have a limit of $200 to start. If I lose it, I allow myself another $200. $400 total. That’s the max. I’ve only done this once in my life. Typically if I lose $200 I’m too mad to go to the ATM.
    However, I’m usually pretty lucky and can play cards all night and usually pocket $50-$100 profit.

    • Marissa November 22, 2011 at 2:17 am

      I wish I was that patient with it. I lose $10, I get mad and leave.

  • Doctor Stock November 22, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Interestingly, many people view investing in the stock markets as gambling. They may not say that aloud, or even admit it to themselves, but they treat investing with the same lack of discipline and the same reckless risk… all the while thinking they may get lucky, or they have a system, or…

    • Marissa November 22, 2011 at 3:18 am

      You have a very valid point. That is how I see the stock market, but I dont pay as close attention to it as I do when i gamble so it doesn’t upset/scare me as much.