Just Say No – To Everything

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As Cost Coachette, I’m always on the lookout for great budget travel opportunities, and I was recently reading some information about the beautiful city of Barcelona. Lo and behold, I discovered a very interesting little piece of advice. As it turns out, there’s a street in Barcelona called La Rambla that is just full of prostitutes (whoaaa, big shocker, right?) who will not only proposition you as soon as you get within earshot, but also come close enough to grab you by the arm, or put theirs around your shoulders, all in an effort to pick your pockets. So, the very insightful little piece of advice was, “Just say no”, as soon as you see them coming, and as they pursue you in their efforts to make you change your mind. Just say no to these pesky pickpocketing hookers who will take your hard-earned money and not even deliver the goods for it.

Just Say No – To Everything

I was right then reminded of the Reagan Administration’s catchy “Just Say No to Drugs”, and I thought, what a stroke of genius. If we could just say no to everything and anything that approaches us, we’d be forever rid of countless useless expenses.

And, as a special-wonderful-unique treat – we have the official Cost Coach theme song – recorded just for us.

First Let’s Practice By Singing Just The First 22 Seconds of This Song (Hey! Everybody! Sing With Me!)

Here are those lyrics to the song “Nobody But Me,” by the 60′s group – The Human Beinz.” In 22 seconds you will master this money saving response.

“No no no no no no no no no
No no no no no no no no
No no no no no no no no
No no no no no”

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Allow me to illustrate the brilliance behind the simple, and yet so underrated, “No!”

Your teenage kid approaches you and asks you for lunch money, and you say, “No! Make yourself a sandwich, or better yet, a salad. You could lose a few pounds if you start eating an apple or a banana for lunch and pass on the toxic waste they serve in the cafeteria.”

Your brownnosing idiot of a coworker asks you to chip in for the boss’ birthday present, and you say, “No! He/She never remembers my birthday, so why should I acknowledge his/hers?”

Your wife/husband/live-in lover/life partner sees this Darth Vader cookie jar on Ebay and practically drools over the keyboard, but before they have a chance to ask, you say, “No! And no Lost Bobble Heads either.”

Ok, so it’s important to learn to say no to others, but what about your own compulsive shopping sprees?

Hey, Sing The Cost Coach Theme Song With Me!

“No no no no no no no no no
No no no no no no no no
No no no no no no no no
No no no no no”

But Wait! There is More!

Limited time offer? – No! (And this also goes for limited edition, limited anything; remember you’re the one with limited FUNDS)
Money back guarantee? – No!
50% discount offer? – Say it out loud! No!
100% free of charge – No! (Ok, maybe this is when you should consider it, but make sure it’s a real freebie.)

Yes, it may be hard. But it does work like a charm. So if you want to cut back on expenses generated by hookers, or they thieving ways, useless spending on gifts, collectibles, knick knacks, and even food you shouldn’t be eating, just say no! Don’t worry, it gets easier in time. …and remember when in Barcelona: Just say no to hookers!

“No no no no no no no no no
No no no no no no no no
No no no no no no no no
No no no no no”