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nearly a no spend week

February 13th, 2017 at 09:08 am

I'm pretty pleased with the last week, spending-wise! I only bought one song on iTunes; all other spending was on pre-scheduled bills. It's not particularly fun to restrict spending and restrict food intake at the same time, but I'm doing ok. Last weekend wasn't great eating-wise, but I threw out the rest of the birthday cake yesterday and had a salad for dinner!

Yesterday's batch cooking included baked tofu, an enchilada casserole, and Thai cauliflower chickpea soup. I have a lot of salad greens to eat too.

Since I was feeling a little miserable last weekend about my self-imposed double restriction, I refocused my savings goal to save a total of $5000 this year. A solid goal may help me stay focused, rather than the ubiquitous bigger emergency fund, buying a car (someday soon), buying a house (preferably before I'm 50). My first benchmark for this year is $4000 in my emergency fund. Should be there by the end of July if all goes as planned.

Happy Monday!

10 Responses to “nearly a no spend week”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    Goals are motivating!

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Happy Monday to you!

    I find eating less and better is often a daily struggle. Hang in there! Good savings goals!

  3. alice4now Says:

    Food is tough for me to not spend on, it's such a habit with me. Good luck!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Good luck on your savings goal!

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    I've found that setting goals for things like this (reasonable goals) means that what you want pretty much definitely happens! Your energy is focused on that thing and along the way you get little windfalls (ie snowflakes) which speed up achieving the goal! Plus money games (ie 52 week challenge) really help too! Good luck Smile.

  6. snafu Says:

    Well done sticking to your plan and staying focussed. I too find written goals seem to carry value...once it's written down, it more of a commitment. Good on you throwing out birthday cake. It's too easy to turn to empty calories when self imposed financial contractions feels restricting. What's happening socially?

  7. kashi Says:

    Thanks everyone!! It's so nice to know that other people are in the same boat.

    snafu - Socially, not much. Most social things seem to revolve around spending money or eating out. Most of my friends have young kids, too, so no time. I'm hoping my social life might pick back up again in 10 years or so when the kids are older. Wink

  8. frugaltexan75 Says:

    A low spend week is great!

    Up til today I was doing pretty well with my food choices. We won't talk about today.

  9. kashi Says:

    FT - no worries - I am right there with you, but we are back at it today, right? Smile

  10. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Yep, most definitely. Smile

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