My Spending Diet: Week 13

| June 11, 2010 | 1 Comment

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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Category: Budget Eating

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Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. Donna says:

    Hang in there, Sarah! I am cheering for you!
    .-= Donna´s last blog ..Fab Frugal Friday: Roll Your Own! =-.

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