This month began all the spring-time-fun-stuff, which made it challenging for me to not spend money! Luckily going to the park & playing outdoors doesn't cost anything, so I've been finding my own ways around it.
I realized this month that because of the spending fast (and because of doing Weight Watchers again for the last couple of weeks), that I've been drinking a LOT less alcohol. I mean, I don't think I drank that often before but I guess I drank a bit more than I thought! Now I can actually feel a bit lightheaded after only a couple of drinks, and honestly it makes me want to stop all together when I start feeling that way. It's kind of an awesome thing actually, and I was SO PROUD of myself over this past weekend.
My sister bought John and I a big ol' case of light beer to kind of pay us back for letting her stay with us for free for the past month. I was so excited about chillin' out and drinking a few this past weekend, but I was out of "cheat points" for my Weight Watchers plan! I was dissapointed at first, but I realized that I could have them next week if I wanted to - I just had to be good this weekend and stick to my plan. And I managed to make it through Saturday AND Sunday without having one beer - and it felt GREAT.
GO ME!! :D
Here's my recap for April for money that I DIDN'T spend (but wanted to):
|Date||Not buying||Approx $ not spent||Total $ Saved|
|4/3/12||Wine for movie! (Taryn's treat)||$7.00||$57.00|
|4/4/12||Dinner with Renee & Katy (we brought stuff to share instead of going out)||$25.00||$82.00|
|4/5/12||Clothing swap (instead of shopping!)||$80.00||$162.00|
|4/6/12||Drink at Jackson's||$5.00||$167.00|
|4/6/12||Drink at Mile High Sci-Fi||$4.00||$171.00|
|4/10/12||Didn't go to a show that only cost $1. How lame am I?!||$1.00||$172.00|
|4/12/12||Really wanted a coffee on the way to work this morning||$4.00||$176.00|
|4/12/12||Really REALLY wanted to order take-out instead of cooking||$30.00||$206.00|
|4/14/12||Sean's Birthday - would've gotten a drink||$6.00||$212.00|
|4/14/12||Falling Rock - wanted to stay & get a drink||$6.00||$218.00|
|4/13/12||Wanted to get a bottle of wine to bring to friend's house||$10.00||$228.00|
|4/22/12||Thai take-out (Taryn got dinner for the two of us instead)||$15.00||$243.00|
|4/27/12||Lightrail Pass (took Taryn's school ID instead)||$10.00||$253.00|
|4/27/12||Snack (really wanted one today - ice cream, anything!)||$6.00||$259.00|
|4/28/12||Brunch (was going to go out)||$20.00||$279.00|
|4/29/12||Concert - I really wanted to go to this! (April Smith & the Great Picture Show)||$10.00||$289.00|
|4/27/12||Glass of Wine at a play (mom bought instead)||$7.00||$296.00|
Unfortunately I haven't paid as much off my debt as I've wanted to this month, due to a couple unforeseen circumstances (a late 1099 that I had to pay taxes on, insurance I didn't know I'd have to be paying, etc).
But the GOOD news is, that I'm only $88 away from being BELOW the $10k mark. I haven't been below that mark in a very long time. At least 3-years, I think. So I am pretty sure I'll be doing a little celebration dance when I get down into the $9k range. :)
As always - thanks to everyone for your continued support & encouragement!!