Errr….didn’t go so well. Trust me, no one who knows me very well is surprised by this. Here is how my spending went for the week:
Monday 6/25: I ended up going to my Dad’s old office to finish up a project and overslept, so I had no time to make lunch or pack snacks or a drink for the day. I suppose if I were really living like someone who was flat broke I should have just gone without.
1.63- On a diet Dr. Pepper.
4.96- on lunch.
Tuesday 6/26: I bought groceries for the week, which totaled 84.57 but food is a neccessity. To live. I consider this day a success since this was the only thing I purchased.
Wednesday 6/27: My first ever NSD! No spend day! Woo!
Thursday 6/28 & Friday 6/29: I definitely gave up on these days. I was in a bad mood from not hearing back about a job I was really excited about and I got tired of sitting around the house. So I took my boyfriend to dinner/drinks on Thursday ($80), continued the party and bought some alcohol at a liquor store (21.90), and then bought a few things for the new apartment at Bed, Bath and Beyond (44.24) and paid for a movie on Friday night (23.00).
Saturday 6/30- I bought Gas ($25) and then spent around 22.00 for a night out on the town. I say “around” because I was drinking and lost my receipts. The 22.00 purchased me three drinks, cover for a bar and dinner for me and a friend at Steak N’ Shake. Why would you ever want to leave the south when your money goes that far? Cheapest night out on the town in a loooooong while.
Sunday 7/1- No spend day! I need to rack up a few more of this. It’s one of my goals for next week.
Total Cost for Week: 289.30.
My thoughts? Well, having to write this out makes me a little ashamed. I could have done better, tried harder-the whole point of a challenge is to stretch yourself, right? I also get really upset when I write these things out and realize that (yet again) my emotions have influenced my spending. It’s a daily battle. If I had only spent on physical needs this week my total would have been around 100.00. Still–I want to be honest, so I’m putting all of my failures up here for all to see in the hopes it will inspire me to be held accountable for next week.
My mom thinks a no spend challenge is a little too stringent. “Soon you will be working and there won’t be time for fun or trips. You should be out enjoying this time you have now.” She said. Because that is all work-life is…. no time for fun or for trips. Ha! I do see her point, and it’s especially hard to sit around the house when the temperature prevents you from doing too much outside. I just don’t want to blow all of my savings and have my “funemployment” extend on and on into the future. Then I’ll be back working at Bath and Body Works…or as my Dad calls it “Bed, Bath and Body Works.”