I have been thinking about how that fiscal fast has really helped me to put a cap on my spending. I am being more purposeful with my spending and I love it!
I would never have thought that one week could make such a difference.
It’s hard to explain, but I really don’t feel like so much of a consumer. I don’t feel sucked in to the spending like I was prior to the fiscal fast. I almost feel now like I have choices, to spend or not to spend, whereas before it was just very unintentional spending here and there. I think because it was nothing big, I didn’t count it as spending, but when I added it up it was probably $20 or so in just one week. $20 is a lot of money to just let it go away with no real reason, and without realizing that it is going.
I am going to continue with this more purposeful spending and see if I can use it to make some headway on my Christmas fund.
Yes, I did it! I made it 7 days without buying anything! Some days were definitely harder than others. I learned a lot about myself and a lot about how and why I buy things.
I am glad it is over, but I really don’t have anything that I absolutely must have tomorrow! I am out of black and white trash bags, but I have been improvising for 3 days, so no big deal. I am out of butter, but that margarine spread has gotten us through. We could use some variety for our breakfasts, but no one is really complaining.
I love that I had the self-discipline to make it through!
I made it another day with no money spent! Today was much easier. I find when I stay home I am not nearly as tempted as when I am out running around. Since it was a weekday, I stayed home with not trips to get my daughter after Pre-K. I cleaned the place up and did laundry.
I am running low on several things. We are out of breakfast stuff. I searched the pantry shelves for something that we could use and I found a whole jar of Nutella (yum!) This will certainly help to keep the kids happy for the next couple of days.
I have been able to make do with what I have much better than I expected. I made some homemade granola bars to have with the Nutella. I followed this recipe. They are pretty good. I might try some different additions next time, but I will definitely be making them again.
I have tried a few new recipes this week and that has made my family happier. I am trying to get us out of the rut we’ve been in with food.
Only one more day. I’m sure I can make it now. Here’s to saving some money this week!
Another day down. I soooo wanted to get something today. Nothing in particular, but anything. I wanted Wendy’s, I wanted Penn Station, I wanted a Coke, I wasn’t even hungry but I wanted to spend money. I just wanted to CHEAT! But I just couldn’t. So, no unauthorized food or drinks for me! I have been enjoying looking at my file cabinet.
Top drawer all cleaned out and organized!
Bottom drawer cleaned and organized too!
I have enjoyed having extra cash in my wallet. I am enjoying not being so busy running around, but I am not enjoying telling myself no. So, that probably means I need to tell myself NO more often.
For me, this journey of not spending for a week is more mental than physical. I want to do what I want, when I want. Another day down. I hope tomorrow is a little easier! I’ve been dreaming about what I will buy first when Thursday gets here!
I didn’t spend a thing today. But I felt like today was much harder. My kids were being wild and I just wanted to get out for a little while, but when you aren’t spending money, there really isn’t anywhere to go!
I got the file cabinet completely finished today. I ended up with another white trash bag of shredded paper from the upper drawer in the file cabinet. I am embarrassed to say that there was stuff in there waiting to be filed that was 3 years old!! I will post pictures tomorrow hopefully. It sure was a lot of work. It is nice to have it completed!
I am really sore from the run yesterday. I missed the long run the week before and boy could I tell. My quads are super sore. I was a little slower in my duties, but on Sunday, that isn’t all bad.
I have been doing some reading too. I am reading the Autobiography of St. Margaret Mary and the Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. One of my 2012 goals is to read 6 religion books. Considering this is April and these are my first two books, I better keep at it.
It was a good day, but it was harder for sure! How did you do?
Another day under my belt! I am amazed at how much easier this is getting. Yes, I am getting lower on supplies, but I have been being more creative. For example, I had stew meat in the freezer and I had some stir-fry vegetables in there too. I found a bunch of recipes on stir-fry and incorporated what I had in the kitchen and our stir-fry dinner was pretty good. Normally, I wouldn’t have looked through the freezer so carefully and I would have gone to one of my standby dinners.
I had a good day, no shopping temptations at all. I am getting ready for a half-marathon, so today we ran 10 miles. I had plenty of chores to keep me busy around the house. I was afraid after the long run, that I might not have enough energy to get all that I wanted done. My energy was definitely lower than usual, but I moved slowly through my chores and amazed that I got so much done. I shredded another big stack of papers, and I am down to one small stack that I need to file. I hope to do that tomorrow. Then I will be done with the bottom of the file cabinet! The top is just a bunch of current stuff that needs to be filed. I hope to get that done tomorrow as well!
Here is all of the shredding completed!
One stack still to be filed.
After a busy day, I am pretty tired and sore tonight. Here are the highlights:
Played Monopoly Junior with my 7 and 5 year olds. I lost again 🙂
Played 2 games of chess with my 7-year-old.
Finished the shredding.
Made a nice (and different) meal than usual!
I got 2 baths in today! One to warm up after the run. It is amazing how quickly you go from warm when exercising to cold after you stop. I was freezing. Later tonight I got in the tub again to help with some sore and achey muscles.
The house is clean!
Tomorrow is Church and 4H. The finances are looking good!
I survived another day on my fiscal fast! Today was much easier, but I did find myself parked outside of a store ready to go inside to “browse” when I remembered I’m not shopping.
Other than that close call, I was good all day!
I started working on my file cabinet and shredding all of the older documents. Here is the before photo.
This is such a mess!
A big stack of papers that need to be filed!
I got the bottom drawer cleaned out. There is a big stack of papers that need to be shredded.
This is what is shredded so far!
I made pretty good progress for the day. I will work on it some more tomorrow if I have time.
I made the croutons that I was contemplating in yesterday’s post. They were so easy and tasty too. It really helped my salad! Here is the recipe that I used. I got the link from Gail’s blog. It sent me to this site http://www.food.com/recipe/croutons-93223.
I got another bath, and played Monopoly Junior with A. She loves playing games. Oh, I also got a 4 mile walk in first thing this morning. It was a good day.