In the hit TV series, The X-Files, FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigate the marginalized, unsolved government cases usually involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder played the role of the “believer”, having faith in the existence of aliens and the paranormal, while Scully was the skeptical scientist/medical doctor, initially assigned by her departmental superiors to debunk Mulder’s unconventional work. As the show progressed, Scully seemed to become more and more of a believer, or at least one who was curious as to what was going on with all these crazy events.
I watched the X-Files with my wife every Friday evening, then on Sunday evenings when it moved to a new time slot and we rarely missed an episode. Lately, after thinking about the show, I realized that a lot of its central themes are similar to how we work with and use our money.
The Truth Is Out There.
The show implied that there was a larger government conspiracy to hide information from the public and that Mulder and Scully were pawns in the game. If only Mulder could get ALL the information, he could break everything wide open.
Ever wonder how a few trips to the grocery store, a gift for your cousin’s wedding, one or two nights eating out, a tank of gas, and a haircut could possibly cost $850? The truth IS NOT “out there somewhere,” it’s in your pocket with all those receipts you collect all week and then throw away after stashing them in your dresser drawer for 4 months.
The truth is, you need a budget. You need to monitor where you money goes and even more importantly WHY you’re spending it so frivolously.