My Spending Diet: Week 13

You know that feeling when you know that what you have to say isn’t what you would like to say? I have that right now. I almost didn’t write this post at all, since I really am unhappy with my progress this week. But part of becoming financially responsible is being honest about where you stand, right?

Right. So, here it goes.

What Happened: I grocery shopped on Saturday, as planned. That was fine. We got what we needed and all that. On Sunday, I had plans that I had accounted for — so I had the money for them.

But then things started to slip. I needed gas. A belt. Allergy medicine. Before I knew it, I was whipping out my debit card to pay for things. Every time I slid the card through the plastic reader, I felt a pit in my stomach. I didn’t want to be charging thing … but I needed to.

Ultimately, my regular $200 withdrawal just wasn’t enough this week. Other expenses (an end of school present for Will, cake, etc) came up. Some were needs, some were wants. But ultimately, I should have anticipated this and accounted for it. In that respect, I totally failed.

On the change saving front, I succeeded in not spending it. My vacay fund got a big boost this week as a result.

What’s Next: One bad week isn’t going to stop me from working on My Spending Diet. This coming week is definitely going to be challenging though, since we have plans. So, I am going to take care with planning my withdrawal this week to ensure that it encompasses the many expenses we’ll incur this week.

Change Saved for Vacay This Week: $3.91 (ALL WEEKS TOTAL: $8.07)

Looking for something food related? Here are a few posts that I’ve had around the web this week:

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