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How My Plans for Broccoli City Festival Are Completely Out of Step with Managing My Damn Money


On April 1st, Manage Your Damn Money announced we would be joining Broccoli City Festival in an official capacity by holding down a table as we talk to people, hand out giveaways and spread the word about MYDM on Saturday, April 25th at the Gateway DC Pavillion in Washinton DC.

As a small business, we have to make an effort to get our name out whenever possible, and the DC Spring music festival that is becoming more popular each year, is the perfect place to do it.

We're excited to be included in the same breath (or more truthfully, third or fourth breath) as musicians and artists like Joey Bada$$, Tiara Thomas, the offspring of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and incomparable Erykah Badu.

If you haven't purchased tickets or have never heard of #BCFest, click here.

Unfortunately in great anticipation of a Spring music festival, I've noticed my mind drifting toward unsavory and lewd thoughts... Financially speaking, of course. Music festival culture is a unique thing. From what I've experienced in my music festival experiences, you have to put together as nice an outfit as possible and do so knowing that everyone else in attendance will be doing the exact same thing, making an effort to shine their very best just as the sun is beginning to shine more consistently on our skin.

This has created somewhat of a Catch-22 for me. I don't like spending money, yet am more and more often finding myself on ASOS.com, curating possible outfits, by saving garments in my account's "saved items" section, considering how much more "festive" I would look if I wore "this" instead of "that". I've recently purchased a couple pairs of jeans in anticipation of #BCFest and did so knowing "not buying clothes" was one of my goals to carry out during "Lent" season.

I made it about half way through lent before buying those pairs of jeans, some boots and tennis shoes...

Father forgive me.

MYDM being dedicated to helping folks do better with their money, I'm sure there's an expectation that I now reprimand myself and talk about how I should to keep things in perspective, including the fact that this festival, which I'm paying for to attend, is a one-day event and that I shouldn't go overboard with my spending on clothing in preparation for it.

Normally I would, but it's Spring time. I haven't felt the prolonged warmth of the sun in five months and I'm ready to feel fly and listen to Erykah Badu punch a keyboard like she's playing Whack-a-Mole at Chuck E. Cheese.

Be sure to look for MYDM at #BCFest 2015.

We'll share more details as we come closer to the day of the festival, but until then, make sure you're signed up to get updates on all the latest from Manage Your Damn Money.

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