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||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. :)