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:
- Rib-Eye Steak with Lemon Compound Butter for AmazingMoms
- Chicken Salad (With and Without Mayo) for Tablespoon
- Cooking Q&A for Tablespoon
- 4 Essential Tools for Campfire Cooking for Fabulous Foods
- Campout Meals Made Easy for Fabulous Foods
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.