I’ve often said that I’m glad I’m not a gambling kind of person as it just so happens that I drive past four casinos on my way home from work each day. The nearest one is less than 15 miles away from home and I know quite a few of my neighbors whose idea of a great evening is to put some money down on a few tables. Who knows, you could end up winning big! It does happen after all. It’s just important to remember that gambling should be thought of as a form of entertainment that should be regulated, both with the amount of time you spend gambling, and with the amount of money.
I relate gambling to drinking actually. It might sound a little funny, but think about it. When you head out with your friends and you drink a few beers at the bar, it can really be a fun time, can’t it? But, if you have a few too many drinks, the night can really go sour in a hurry, making for an incredibly unenjoyable evening (especially when you see the photos showing up on Facebook the next morning). Gambling is the same way, if you head out to the casino to have a good time and keep yourself under control, it can be incredibly enjoyable. Lose your cool though, and you could find yourself with some empty pockets and a lot of wasted time that you’ll never get back.
How to Keep Gambling Fun
First of all, you should never count on winning that big jackpot. If you do, you will just keep feeding that machine money until you do (or more likely, until you run out of money).
Free gambling is another way to keep your gambling fun. There are online sites like bwin.be where they let you gamble free or if you want to put some money down you’ll get free money to play with just for making an account.
‘ll tell you the method one of my neighbors shared that lets her have fun, satisfy the desire to gamble and still be responsible with her money. She would stick her driver’s license and a $20 bill into her back pocket. She left her purse and all other methods for getting money at home. If she lost the $20, she’d leave and go home. She had no choice in the matter at that point – now if she’d had her debit card or credit cards on her, she could have visited the ATM and withdrawn more cash.
If she won, she would put $20 back in her pocket and then continue playing. Sometimes she would play the $20 again, but sometimes she left with only that $20. I thought that was a good way to handle gambling, if that’s your idea of fun. Me personally I just worry myself ragged, I know I’d do that, even with $20. I’d feel like I was throwing money away.
Do you ever gamble?