I’m about halfway through my six-week ban on spending. I think I’ve been doing pretty well, but there have been a few unavoidable things, plus one seemingly necessary splurge.
I did really well in January. The only things I spent money on were going out with friends, and frankly, I think going out with friends is absolutely necessary. Especially celebrating your awesome buddy’s birthday by dressing up as her goth cousin and going bowling…
Because my awesome buddy has a public persona to keep up, I will leave the pictures at that. Rest assured it was quite possibly the most fun I’ve had ever. I highly recommend going out and doing something mundane with your closest friends in wild costumes. Seriously, it will improve your life tenfold. And I’m saying this as a shy person who prefers to blend into the background.
Then February rolled around, and I think perhaps I was going a little stir crazy. I decided I needed to surprise The Hippy with a short trip, so I blew some cash on a hotel room. He has since guessed correctly what the surprise was, so it’s not really a surprise, but it should be fun. Seriously, who manages to guess that I’m taking them to the Spam museum? WTF? Or, perhaps, FTW. I also found an amazing deal on makeup (because this summer I need to play the goth role again, and I don’t want to need to borrow makeup every time), which I wasn’t going to buy yet, but I got my makeup FREE, just paying shipping. So, yeah. I also bought a soda, because I forgot mine at home, and I brought some trim to complete a project.
So, between the last four weeks, I’ve spent about $150–less than that, actually. Which isn’t BAD, I guess, but it’s not great. Which is why I’m extending the challenge through March. And maybe April. That, and the fact that I’ve got doctor’s bills looming, and I don’t want to have to rely on tax rebates. I would like those to go to savings.
Really, the point of this is twofold. One: To save money, obviously. Two: to be aware of where my money is going. If I’m making a conscious effort not to spend money, it’s much easier to know where my money goes when it goes. It’s not rocket science, or anything. It just forces me to be creative and figure out ways to do without or do with what I already have. Especially fabric. Seriously. I have too much fabric.