Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Spending Diet

I am more than half-way through my 2 week spending diet. So far so good! I did have to spend money out of my Flexible Spending Account for a dentist appointment last Wednesday, but that doesn't count because I have to use that money before the end of the year anyway. My good friend Steph said she was surprised I didn't reschedule it (I considered it) because I am so committed to this.

The rules are I can't spend any money Monday- Friday. It hasn't been easy though.

Last week I ran out of contact solution and had to go digging through my travel bag to find a half empty travel sized bottle of contact solution in there. I also have been running a little late to work because I can't leave the house without something to eat for lunch or else I'll starve.

Also I went on a date to the Canes game on Friday. The guy asked me if I wanted anything and I kept saying no, but he wasn't letting me off the hook. I told him about my spending diet and even though he picked on me about it, he bought me a beer and a pretzel. I still felt bad about it though because stuff at the RBC Center is expensive!

Over the weekend I filled up my gas tank and I went to Target to get some contact solution and some Diet Coke and yogurt and chips for the week. I didn't go to the grocery store because I think with my Target supplies and what's in my pantry I have enough for the week.

The one thing I forgot was cat food. Bailey is almost out and probably won't make it through the week on what's left. So I had to call Steph to see if she had some I could borrow. Luckily she does!

I also ended up not going to my Bible Study dinner (because I was so exhausted from staying up until 2 am on Sunday). But I had a plan for that too. It was really cheating though, so I'm glad I didn't have to use it. You see, I owed Steph $10, so I got $20 cash back from Target this weekend and was going to give that to her and then she was going to buy my dinner for me! Totally cheating huh?

Anyway, this exercise has made me much more aware of mindless things I spend money on, so I am glad I am doing it.

Oh and I had a mess up on the giving up fast food for Lent thing. Saturday morning I really wanted to go get something for breakfast since I had been eating in all week. I got in my car and went to Chic-fil-a because they have such yummy breakfast items! After I had driven home and got done eating and was taking my dog out, I freaked out! I had just eaten fast food!! I didn't even think about it. I had been doing so good and I just didn't even think about Chic-fil-a being fast food that morning.

I looked up the "rules" for Lent and apparently the Sabbath is not included in the 40 days of lent before Easter. And since my mom said Saturday is really the Sabbath, I am going with that and saying I didn't actually cheat. Since it was "the Sabbath" fast food wasn't really off limits that day anyway. At least that is what I am telling myself!

Next week I think I am going to start with the working out everyday thing!


Jane said...

Chick-Fil-A breakfast is the BEST! :-)

Single Girl said...

I need to go on a spending fast. That would mean i would need food at my house...hmmm not sure I could commit to that.

Heath said...

I think this is a FANTASTIC idea Suz. I'm joining you in your spending fast. After bills are paid and groceries are bought, I find I have nooooo money for the rest of the month. It sucks, but it makes me SUPER frugal. I never eat out anymore bc I think to myself, "that's five whole dollars I need for gas." Sucks, but it's great when you're able to hold out for something better.
Proud of you buddy! Keep up the good work! xoxo

Heath again said...

Ooooh, BTW - I gave up fast food for Lent too. Holla!