I am heading into the home stretch of no-frivolous-spending week. What benefits have I seen?
Spending less time on craigslist looking at items for sale.
Driving less since I am not making a trip to the thrift store every Saturday.
Learning to use my brain rather than spending money to solve a problem.
Using my sewing machine to make things rather than ignoring it.
These are not new concepts and certainly are tasks I can accomplish without a self-imposed challenge. However, thinking twice about spending money really does help me consider alternatives before plunking my credit card or cash down on the counter.
This was not a spending-free week. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I went to the pet store to pick up an item for hairball treatment and prevention. It is always an issue with my cats as I do not brush them regularly enough to prevent them from swallowing fur. I did avoid spending extra money on toys but did not accomplish zero spending.
My second weakness: my local garden center. I wanted to pick up as many seeds locally without paying for shipping and handling. So I spent just over $50 on seeds, fertilizers and packets of mosquito inihibitors. This expenditure does not come out of my spending plan but from money I save for using on or around my home. This expense was planned for and will be used to supplement my food expenditures later in the year, assuming I can get my garden to grow and produce. Thus, I spent $60 this week with ~$6 spent from my spending plan cat allocation.
I have one more week left and the only obvious challenge to keeping my money to myself: one or two lunches out with friends I rarely see. I will have one final wrap up posting with the extra money I saved and where I allocated said money.