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why do I bother

April 17th, 2005 at 06:08 pm

I really suck at sticking to a budget. Really, really suck.

I spent a ton of money this weekend. We went into a climbing store, I tried on a pair of shoes, they fit like a glove and there was only one pair left, so I bought them. I'm really glad I won't be renting anymore, but I wasn't planning to buy right now.

We ate out too much, with the exception of this evening. Dinner at home, lots of veggies.

A few goodies from a co-op. I love those places. Organic everything makes me so happy.

Skipped a birthday party (accidentally) so that saved me $20.

We fell in love with an apartment. It's absolutely massive, and a really good price. The only catch? The landlords are a bit off. I'm afraid they would involve themselves too much in our lives. We've been discussing it all weekend, and no other place compares to that one, but....the landlords live downstairs. I can't decide. The place is huge and gorgeous and there is a fantastic fireplace. *sigh* What to do?

I'm not even going to tell you how much money I spent this weekend (figure-wise). I'm far too embarrassed. I still have to get an oil change and tire rotation on top of it.

The girls night on Friday was great though, very cheap, and we had a nice time. Every time I think about entertaining, though, I think about that huge apartment and how great it would be to have people over. I love, love, love my place, but it's sometimes hard to have parties.

I need a magic 8 ball that will tell me what to do based on the 10-year forecasted outcome...can I pick one of those up at Target?

2 Responses to “why do I bother”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I totally understand. I tell myself that I'm not going to spend my grocery money on junk, or waste it on stuff I can't remember the next day. But what do I do? I go out to Walgreen's and spend money on what else -- junk and stuff I don't even remember the next day! I tell myself that I'm not going to spend any money that's not absolutely necessary - but then I go on Ebay and order these coupon certificiates which may or may not be useful. Or I order up different home based busniness packages, paying shipping and handling on them, knowing darn well that they're more than likely NOT going to be worth my time even looking at! Yet, I do it anyway!
    As far as your apartment situation, I agree it would be kind of different having the landlords living right underneath. But really, how much into your business could they get? They're required to give a 24 hr notice before entering your place. And if they ask you questions you'd rather not answer, you can always say, "Sorry, but I don't feel comfortable sharing that." I guess you just have to decide what the pros and cons of each situation is, and which one has more pros, or how much you're willing to put up with to have a bigger/better place.
    Just my 2 cents. Smile

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I feel for you. But don't beat yourself up; tomorrow is another day. It took me five years to pay off my credit cards because I had some bad weekends, or worse, vacation...always a pitfall for me.
    You might want to think about how to analyze and avoid some of your spending triggers. You've been under a lot of stress lately, and it looks like you get a lot of comfort from your social network...unfortunately, that usually goes hand in hand with big spending opportunities. A mantra that works for me is "doing, not spending." Climbing with those climbing shoes will keep you from buying another set of climbing shoes. Smile Apartment / landlord situation - I've been in this, and it worked out okay because we could talk with the previous tenants. FrugalTexan has a point about the 24 hr rule. Not to mention that landlords are just as nervous about you as you are about them. Smile Here's a weird idea - google your possible landlords and see if you come up with anything.

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