Recently, a friend forwarded me an article (or was it a blog post?) written by a man who took control of his spending and started paying close attention to how he spent money. After years and years of living frugally, he cut himself some slack and realized that the habits he’d created were now ingrained and he didn’t need to log every single receipt or account for every penny in money management programs.
It was inspiring. It was promising. It was so interesting … and if I could remember who sent it to me and where I read it, I would totally share it with you. Sorry. I can’t.
In any case, where that writer was in terms of habits is not where I am. After a few weeks of trying to lighten up on My Spending Diet, I have fallen into old habits. Though my spending is down still, I have been too lax. We’ve gotten take out when we really didn’t need to. I’ve spent on days other than my designated day. It hasn’t been bank-breaking, but it’s enough for me to realize that I need to curb it. My good efforts could easily slip away if I don’t go back to the full-on spending diet. So, that’s what I am going to do. I just have to.
So, tomorrow I will do the shopping for the week. I will fill my gas tank and get every last thing we need. Then I won’t spend a dime until next Saturday. It just has to happen.
As for my meal plan … It will be posted on Sunday, if you want to check it out.