I find that my spending habits are irregular- sometimes I’m very aware of my income level for the month and spend accordingly- other times I feel as if I make all of my purchases at once leaving for one month of an unusually high credit bill.
I just recently took in a foster pug named Ralph, and while some expenses are reimbursed, much is not- such as kibble, treats, grooming and a bed -$80. I also a month ago signed up for a student gym which was -$96 ( if I go to yoga at least once a week it’s the cheapest rate around, even better when I go twice weekly!) +$6 for yoga gloves to help my grip on the mat. I got a great rate to fly back to the west coast for a 5 year reunion with my friends from the non-profit, which was a round-trip ticket for -$305 with taxes. I also purchased two books from Amazon for -$20. Needless to say, it’s gonna be a wee-bit tight for the next two months since I make a meager income and I’m going to challenge myself to BUY NOTHING for 30 days.
I tried to challenge myself and not shop for 30 days at the beginning of this year and failed around day 20. I had to chip in conjunction with a gift card to buy a pair of boots I needed for winter so that was $25, and a few days later I gave in at Target and got a pillar candle and a picture frame. Seriously, THAT is what mucked me up- $33 in 2 days. I have to try again- both because I’m broke and because I’m prideful.
The Challenge Parameters:
-No purchases except food, medical care and necessities for the dog (if the dog needs a crate I will get him 0ne).
-Gift cards may be used, but not if the purchase exceeds the card amount.
-My grocery bill must be under $200 for the entire month.
-Purchases for the reunion dinner are applicable since I am in charge of the food/prep/setup.
What else am I forgetting? Oh, ya, probably how challenging it’s going to be. Grumble. Grumble. Grumble.
I want to set up a reward for myself at the end of the 30 days, but what can I do as a treat for myself that wouldn’t defeat the purpose of saving money? Suggestions are appreciated.
See you on March 1st, 2011 for a challenging challenge!