>> Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Lent started this week. I shared on my Spending Less, Loving More FB page that in the past, I've given up a number of things....chocolate, alcohol, Starbucks. But this year, I'll be challenging myself to take it even further and fast from unnecessary spending. While I believe this will be one of the hardest things I've ever done, I believe that it will also challenge me to be more intentional and thoughtful about my spending and budgeting. I've created a wants/needs list which will help me along the way. Some things already cut out -- Starbuck, book stores, craft stores, thrift stores. I will be doing a weekly blog post updating how I did during the week.
So.....here's Week #1!
Monday - 2/16:Both My Marine and my girls were home today for President's Day. We had some snow move in, so we didn't go anywhere......which worked to our benefit since we were thinking about taking the girls to a movie today. In the end, we stayed home, got caught up with some DVR'd shows and watched movies with the girls.
Tuesday - 2/17:
My Marine went back to work today, but the girls were still home because of an in-service day. I used .99 cents from Amazon gift card to purchase a Lenten devotional on my Kindle. Did some decluttering of my "unmentionables" drawer. Nani got into trouble over the weekend for not doing her laundry, so her consequence was trifold....the clothes that were not finished were either 1) given to her sister; 2) given to the homeless shelter or 3) she had to select a few things she wanted to keep and had to earn them back doing extra chores. This consequence made me both pretty angry and sad. All that money that I wasted buying clothes for the girls -- stuff they really just didn't take care of and didn't care about. They had too much. My fault for indulging them.....with things.
Wednesday - 2/18:
Tomorrow is payday. Checked my personal bank account and was happy to realize that for two pay periods in a row, I've been in the black. For me, that's pretty good. (Sad, I know!) Checked our household account to make sure bills have cleared and see what's left. Checked the calendar to see what bills were coming up and if I could make a little extra payments towards our debt. Made a meal plan for the next two weeks and made my grocery list based on that and what was on the "we need" list. Went through coupons and resisted adding extras just because I had a coupon.
Thursday - 2/19:
Payday always makes me twitchy. The unfiltered side of my brain screams, "There's money! There's money! Let's go shopping!" But this morning, instead, I grabbed my homebrewed coffee, my grocery binder with my list and coupons....and ran my errands. I got all my grocery shopping done without throwing any extras in the cart. Amazing! What was even more amazing was how much less my grocery bill was without all those impulse buys! Another amazing thing.....I had to go into JoAnn Fabric to get supplies for Nani's upcoming sewing class. This was a planned expense that I knew was coming....BUT....I went into the store and came back out WITH ONLY WHAT I NEEDED! No browsing, no impulse buys while waiting in the checkout line. I needed only fabric and thread....and I came out with only fabric and thread!
Friday - 2/20:
Paid off 2 bills and paid monthly bills. Marked upcoming bills in the checkbook. I'm finding that if I deduct the upcoming bills already, when I see the end balance, it's less of a temptation to shop. My Marine's extra military pay went directly into our joint savings account. Proud of myself for seeing that cushion start to build up again.
Saturday - 2/21
No spending today at all. Spent the morning running the girls to ballet and gymnastics and then stayed home waiting for the big snowstorm to come.
Sunday - 2/22
Big snowstorm hit overnight. Had a foot of snow by morning. No church today. Nani's sewing class was cancelled -- to be rescheduled at another time. No spending at all today. Spent the day enjoying the snow!
Not bad for Week 1!!