02 June 2013

Spending Freeze

Remember that fun little post I wrote a couple days ago... Retail Therapy? Yeah I have been doing some shopping. 

Some highlights include some shorts from Old Navy (it's hot! I needed them), some home accessories (also somewhat needed... Sort of) and a shit ton of make-up courtesy of CVS 75% off sale. Oh, and I also bought 12 boxes of Suddenly Salad and over 12 boxes of cereal at Family Dollar. And while I technically did use coupons for everything at CVS and Family Dollar, I still technically did spend about $20 at both (factoring in that I did receive $4 Extra Bucks at CVS and $10 CRT's at Family Dollar. But let's face it, that is fake money). 

So I randomly popped into my bank account app on my phone that I tend to avoid like the plague because it usually depresses me and I was shocked to discover a shockingly low number. 

How could this be? I just had a pay-day on Thursday. 

And then I reviewed all my purchases and realized that "Oh hey, those add up fast"

$3 here and $7 there and $1.50 there and poof! I'm poor again. 

I at least comforted myself by knowing that for about 5 days of the month, that treacherous time between pay day and rent is due day, I am at least part of the 94%. As in, I can afford to eat at Chili's but definitely not afford to fully fill up my gas tank. That is how the 94% live right?

But this morning I quickly realized I am back down to the 99.987% at least until June 13th. 

Which leads me to make the drastic decision of committing myself to a spending freeze for the month of June. 

As in 
  • No couponing for the month unless I can do so with my $4 in ExtraBucks and $10 Family Dollar fake money. 
  • Eating out only once a week (Thursdays- our day off)
  • No more fast food runs and convincing myself that it's okay because I am a modern woman and need not be enslaved to a kitchen
  • No more clothes shopping
  • No more make-up buying even if it is 75% off and I have $2 off coupons essentially making it 12 cents. STILL NOT OKAY JESS.
  • No more online shopping. Even just browsing, putting shit into my virtual basket and looking at it every 12 minutes. That is like sending a bottle of wine to an alcoholic and asking them to just look at it. You know they will drink and I know I will buy the hell out of that basket. 
I doubt I will make it the month. I totally believe in myself and whatnot but I also know I am a hopeless American consumer and it's not my fault- society raised me this way. 

BUT I will try my dardest because teaching myself self-restraint is important and I be broooooke. 

So wish me luck. I'll keep you updated with my failure  how I am doing. Seeing as I already purchased a Caramel Coolata at Dunkin Donuts this morning (it's hot guys! I was perspiring!) I am not off to the greatest of starts. Oops.


  1. Thank God you have a lot of Suddenly Salad to eat this month! I call that thrfty thinking. Lol

    1. haha don't forget my 14 boxes of Cheerios!

  2. That eCard is way too close to home. As in, it's taken over my life. We get paid semi-monthly (a/k/a, twice a month) and itt SUCKS. I feel like I'm ALWAYS on a spending freeze because I'll be broke if I spend money on anything other than bills. Girl, I feel you. Good luck with your freeze.


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