I'm doing REALLY well so far! Usually I have blown a lot of my budget at the thrift store by this point in the month. But I've budgeted $20 per week to spend on myself and have stuck to it. It's always tempting to spend lots of money at the start of the month when the $ comes in, so I'm proud of myself for not doing that. This is also the first time ever that I've written down every penny spent and I can't believe how well it is working!! I love being able to account for everything spent, and for the first time in a long time
I don't feel anxious or guilty or worried if I will go broke before the end of the month. I feel totally in control. Let's hope this lasts!
Oh, also- to curb spending I created a to do list of big tasks that I've been putting off for a while. I decided that when I have the urge to spend, I will tackle something on the list instead. So far, I've completed almost half of the items on my list! It's working beautifully.April 1
($14 at used book sale and $4 parking fees for said sale, within personal weekly budget)April 2
(grocery day) $178 = $85 on bulk for month, $93 for weekly mealsApril 3
Paid rent and daycare bills, but no spending other than that! Also decluttered three garbage bags full of stuff to the thrift store and didn't even step foot in the store! Yay me!April 4
earned $5 for bringing in beer and wine bottles, spent $16 on groceries at market (still within weekly food budget).April 5
No spend day!April 6
$5 on milk (came in just under week's food budget!) and $7 budgeted on new pens.
No spend or only necessary, budgetted spending like groceries, day care, rent, gas, etc.
Budgeted personal expenses only, hobbies, entertainment, etc.
Frivolous spend!- includes going over budget for things like groceries or gas.
Avoided urge to spend! (such as really wanted to go to book store but went to library instead, or other such action) or decluttered/purged in some way.