Well the first week of January is nearly finished, at least it feels that way to me, I’m exhausted. I thought it was time to update you on my January Money Diet. I am pretty boring so to give you a daily update would put you to sleep, expect more of a weekly update instead.
While this week was partly in last month I will start this weeks update with Sunday.
- Sunday: Zero spent
- Monday: $21.64 groceries, all necessary!!
- Tuesday and Wednesday: Zero spent
- Thursday: Paid rent ($410), internet ($45), and picked up a 3 pack of water filters for my faucet mount filter ($18.93). At the bank I withdrew ($10) in quarters to pay for my laundry needs for the month, something I think I forgot to list on my expenses (sorry) Since the weather was bad and I wouldn’t have been able to do most of this myself, I gave ($5) to my daughter-in-law for her time to drop off/pick up these things for me.
- Which brings us to today Friday: I will have today to myself and won’t be leaving the house, so this will be another no spend day, and rather I will continue to clean out and organize things around here.
The biggest problem I have encountered so far has been my loveseat. As you may remember I picked it up near the dumpster the same day a neighbor set it out there when moving. The one side was weak and I originally thought I could repair it, wrong! The leg/arm piece is made out of bamboo and is hollow so any plans to repair it would have failed in the long run.
So enter the Sunday before Christmas. My ex arrived and while we were all sitting here watching the Steeler game, the piece broke off the couch in the front. My fault I forgot to remind him of how weak it was.
Right now I have the front corner of the loveseat propped up with three books to level it. I so want to purchase the fabric, cushions and new legs to repair and update it, but I promised myself I would make do. I try not to look at it as when I do I find myself thinking that a 50 year old woman shouldn’t be living with broken furniture like some college student in the building might.
So that is my week, not bad at all.
I did one thing that will be helpful to me in the long run today as well. I decided to withdraw most of the money in the account linked to my debit card so I can’t be tempted to purchase anything online/from home. It’s so easy to convince myself that something (like the new legs for the loveseat) are needed in a moment of weakness and pull out the card.
Here are two wonderful people who are participating in with the January Money Diet
- Happy Simple Living: This is where I found my inspiration. Please check this out. You will find a daily homework assignment, nothing too hard and plenty of great ideas to make this the best start to a new year. Also, by leaving a comment you will be entered in a drawing for a lovely gift basket which will contain books, and home and garden goodies.
- Notes From the Frugal Trenches: Frugal Trenches, a single mother of two has decided to tackle this with gusto. She is including her children in the no-spend month by educating them on consumerism and why they make the choices for fair trade items and the like. She is posting their daily choices, and has broken down how much she hopes to save. With that savings she breaks down how much will go into savings and the balance (rather the majority of the saved amount) will be going to a charity. She is an inspiration to me year round.
If you are participating in the Money Diet, please let me know and I will add your site to the list.