Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spending Fast Update - 5 months down, 7 to go!

Well, I just got back from my trip to Pennsylvania, and I have many many photos to share with you all!  

Not yet though, that will take a little bit o' time to sort through. ;) 

But here's my recap for the month of May for my Spending Fast!!


Date Not buying Approx $ not spent Total $ Saved
5/1/12 Derby Dues $50.00 $50.00
5/1/12 Lunch w/ Katy & Kat in the park (instead of going to a restaurant) $8.00 $58.00
5/2/12 Was running late today - almost decided to buy lunch instead of bring it! $8.00 $66.00
5/4/12 Dinner at the Garvey's (instead of going out to dinner) $25.00 $91.00
5/6/12 Cayden - 2nd b-day gift (gave him a b-day balloon instead!) $10.00 $101.00
5/13/12 Taryn's Graduation - couldn't get a gift, so threw her a party instead $25.00 $126.00
5/19/12 Outlaws Game (Ryan gave us free tickets!) $32.00 $158.00
5/19/12 Money NOT spent on booze at the Outlaws game $15.00 $173.00
5/14/12 ALMOST bought fake eyelashes at Sally's (but didn't) - that was hard! $12.00 $185.00
5/24-28/12 Many lunches / Dinners in Pennsylvania (thanks mom & dad!!) $100.00 $285.00
5/28/12 Shoes (that I resisted buying, amazingly) $30.00 $315.00

I did have quite a few moments this month where I spent when I didn't need to spend.  That was frustrating, and I felt guilty afterward - but I enjoyed it at the time!  After doing some quick calculations I realized that I'd spent about $100 this month on non-need stuff!!  ARGH!!!  I SO could have put that towards my debt.  And what kills me is that it was for a coffee here.  A drink there.  A $10 dress.  Little things that I could have resisted with a little will power to get me closer to debt-freedom.

Sigh.  Baby steps.  

At least I'm more aware of it now!  I had my fun, and I'm going to correct it.   

The GOOD news though, is.... I'M UNDER THE $10K MARK!  WOOT!!!

That means I've paid off just under $3,500 worth of debt in the past 5 months. 

I was hoping to be a bit further along by now, but I’m still pretty thrilled by that number. Sometimes shit happens though, and my money needs to go to car / bike / scooter repairs, health needs, un-forseen events, etc.  Also having more income would be a HUGE help because I could put more money towards everything each month without screwing myself – but that ain’t happening just yet.  Workin' on it. 

I just need to keep plugging away, as I always do! 


As always, thanks for your love, encouragement, and support. :)  

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