What the Red Wedding Can Teach Us About MoneySpoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert!

There. I warned you. Don’t say I didn’t. But, just in case you don’t get it, let me break it down for you. If you ever plan on reading or watching the Game of Thrones series – heck, even if you think you might ever plan on getting involved with it – stop reading this post now. Seriously, I don’t mind. Just go ahead and Tweet it and move about your merry way. It won’t hurt my feelings. I promise. I’d rather you didn’t read this one post and not ruin one of the greatest moments in the history of fantasy novels/television.

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OK. Final warning….

Here we go!

It has been close to a month now since the Red Wedding episode aired on HBO’s Game of Thrones, and fans are still recovering. Seriously, nerds everywhere were losing their freakin’ nerdy minds! It was all anybody was talking about for over a week. You would have thought that George R.R. Martin himself had died. (Dear God, please don’t let that happen!!! There are still 2 books left to come!)

Of course, for those of us who have read the books, this was one of the nights we had been waiting for. As the legions of non-readers uttered a collective horrific gasp, we readers emitted a cathartic sigh of our own. You see, since the beginning of the show, we have lived knowing that this moment was coming. Some of us have waited YEARS to talk about it. YEARS, I TELL YOU!!! Trust me, we felt the same disgusting feelings that you feel now, only we couldn’t share our grief with anybody because it would ruin the show/books for you. Now, we finally have people to share this with…and boy did people ever share on social media! To see all of that angst was…well…freakin’ awesome.

Holly has not read the books. Throughout the Game of Thrones series, Robb Stark has been her favorite character. As she mewed at how hunky he was, I had to bite my tongue, thinking all the while that I couldn’t wait to see her reaction to the Red Wedding. She thought something was amiss a few weeks prior, however, the only words she could muster during the action was, “Is this really happening?” I just looked at her full of despair and said, “Yes.”

As much as I’d like it to be, this is not a Game of Thrones blog. It is a blog about money and frugality. So, let’s talk about some financial lessons that we can learn from the Red Wedding.

Pay Your Debts

Awwww, yes. If only Robb had kept his word, none of this would have happened. When Robb decided not to follow through he forgot one very important thing: a Lannister always pays his debts. Ooops.

Let’s face it. Debt sucks. Nobody likes to pay on a debt. The fun part is in accruing it, not paying it back. However, debt can easily lead to dire consequences in your life too. It can create budgeting problems. It can create credit problems. Most importantly, it can turn you into a slave to your lender. The best course of action is to not go into debt at all. However, if you are in debt, pay it off as quickly as you can. It may save you from a financial knife in the gut.

You Can Win the Battles but Lose the War

So, you’ve landed a job with a great salary. Sweet! You are much further ahead in the game than most people already. However, you’ve got to be vigilant. Simply earning a lot of money does not mean that you have won just yet. Many people who make a lot of money still live outside of their means. They make a lot, but they end up spending more. Robb Stark also earned a lot of capital through winning every battle he fought. Unfortunately, he spent it all (dishonoring the Freys, killing off Karstark, etc.)…and now his head has been replaced by his wolf’s.

Never Trust a Spurned “Ally”

Why, oh why, oh whyo did Robb ever go back toΒ Ohio the Twins? You would think that he would have known better than to trust a prickly old man. Always know who you are dealing with and what their terms are. Lenders are out for themselves, and they will bring the hammer down if you show them up. Remember, if you play with fire – eventually – you are bound to get burned.

Keep Your Head

When you are making financial decisions, you really need to do so with a clear head. Sure, we all make some impulsive decisions with our money from time to time. However, when it comes to the big decisions, be sure to do it with a clear, rational, mind. These major decisions can have a profound effect on your life. Poor Robb Stark made a decision with one head, and it cost him the other (more important) one.

BAM! There you have it. I hope that I didn’t totally ruin the Red Wedding for you. Seriously though, I tried really hard to warn you.

Are there any other financial lessons we can learn from the Red Wedding? Oh who am I kidding? Sound off about the Red Wedding in the comments below! But please, NO FUTURE SPOILERS!!!!!