To kick this new spending thinking off, I embarked on a spending freeze from January 1 - February 15. During La Freeze, I could only purchase true necessities. This is all according to my truth. If I had run out of mascara, I'd call that a necessity. Starving people in Africa would not.
I budget for entertainment expenditures such as movies, dinner, and nights out, so they only appear on here if I went over that budget. Or if I bought lunch when I was supposed to bring it,and so on.
M Y V I O L A T I O N S
Date of infraction: January 11
Purchased: Large hazelnut coffee with skim milk from DD
Note: While coffee is a necessity, purchasing it from DD is not. Fail. SINNER!
Date of infraction: January 11
Purchased: MAC pressed powder
With: Credit, paid off on January 15.
Note: My other pressed powder made me look like a vampire. Since I am very bad about applying makeup, I need something on the go. I broke the freeze to look human and professional at work.
Date of infraction: January 16
Purchased: Large DD iced tea
Amount: $.99. ON SALE MOFOS
Note: I forgot to pack my iced tea. Laziness costs, sinners.
Date of infraction: January 21
Purchased: Buffalo bleu salad from Salad Works
Amount: $10.45. What a fucking rip.
Note: Our office is being remodeled. I brought my lunch, but could not locate the microwave. I consider this a forced expense.
Date of infraction: January 22
Purchased: Coffee from McD's
Note: I was too lazy to walk to my office, ride the elevator 17 floors, find out there might not be coffee due to the renovations, and have to brave the 15 degree temperatures again. McD's coffee isn't that bad.
Breakthrough: Sunday, January 27, I had the overwhelming desire to go to Target to buy peachy flats, heart dish towels, and any number of other items I don't need. I resisted the urge and cured my boredom (reason for shopping) by exercising instead. YOU WILL NOT BEAT ME, TARGET. STEP OFF, YOU ALLURING SEDUCTRESS.
Purchased: Three shirts from Le Gap
Amount: $.72. YOU HEARD! I had a $25 gift card, $10 in rewards, and a 35% off code. BOOM, muthafajas! A gift card is a get out of jail free card for people on spending freezes.
Note: Why did I buy what I bought? First: At the end of the summer I threw out all of my white t-shirts due to yellow pits. Given that my daily uniform is a cardigan with a shirt underneath, being without a white v-neck T would not do. Second: I don't own anything with stripes. I'm branching out, betches! Third: I love lovely minty greens.
Breakthrough: Wednesday, January 30, I had to do it. I had to go to Target. I didn't buy anything pretty or glittery or unnecessary.I stuck to the things on my list, and the things on my grocery list. I played The Price is Right and decided I could pick the grocery items up at Target instead of making a second stop at the grocery store. I BEAT YOU TARGET! I ignored your sparkly clearance baubles, your patterned ankle socks, your simple and lovely stationary, your $1 bins at the front. I emerged victorious from your doors without violating my spending freeze. Suck it.
The Gain, suede protector (the Kiwi on the receipt), soap, shaving cream, toothpaste, and gift cards were on my original list. The paper towels (I only use them in the bathrooms but was out), dog treats, and Cottonelle wipes were things I discovered were needed after I made the initial list. The rest was on the grocery store list.
I paid for it on my Target card for the measley cash back and paid it off on 1/31.
Date of infraction: January 31
Purchased: Large iced coffee from DD
Amount: $3.23. Mother effing robbery. And I have iced coffee in my downstairs fridge at home.
Note: I got very little sleep, slept wrong and woke up with a crick in my neck and a headache, the wind/rain/dogs kept me up, wah wah effing wah excuses excuses the coffee was a want not a need. I could've brought it from home or waited until I crossed that street you see and mainlined some at the office.
Date of infraction: January 31
Purchased: Satchel purse and two wallets from Target.com on clearance
With: Target card - but returned one wallet and satchel purse upon receipt
Note: I cracked. I freaking CRACKED. I cannot believe I walked in and out of Target without cracking, and I fall for this. I returned a pair of shoes to Target on 1/31 and got a gift card so I could purchase the pair I was exchanging them for as an even exchange. This is allowed under the spending freeze rules. The stupid Target I went to didn't have the shoes, so when I logged onto the website to pay off my 1/30 purchase, I thought oh, I'll order them online. I fell for suggestive advertising in the sidebar. I got paid today. The sales were good. I can never find wallets I like. I was possessed by the deal - a bag and two wallets for $21? Steal! EXCUSES. BOOM $21 down the drain. I feel guilty and weak. I also felt a small thrill, like I did something I wasn't supposed to and got away with it. Even though I immediately logged on to my blog and told on my own self. A FOOL and her $20 are soon parted. Then reunited when her guilt makes her keep a $4.48 wallet and return the rest.
That momentary online madness snapped me back into place. I didn't have another infraction for the remaining 15 days of my freeze period.
My triggers are obviously coffee, online shopping, and Target. I am aware of them and have to learn how to deal with them.
It ended on February 15. I was out shopping on February 16 and 17 - buying things that were on my list. New throw pillows, bed pillows, a baking sheet, dish washing gloves. The only thing I bought that wasn't on my list was a pair of sunglasses. I didn't just grab things in stores without thinking about what I was buying. It was refreshing. I picked a lot of other things up, and some even made it to my cart. Then I paused and thought hard - how will I use this? Is this integral to my life? Will I look back in a month and be kicking myself for not buying this? In all cases, the answers were unsatisfactory, and whatever it was went back on the shelf or rack.
My next freeze starts on March 18. Until then, I'll be busy making up a list of birthday gifts I'm buying myself. Don't mind me. Nothing to see here. Nothing at all.
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