Remember my #30DayChallenge to not do any impulse shopping during the month of January? Well, I survived. Barely, but I did survive. I even kicked it up a notch. Originally, it was only going to be no impulse spending. But I did so well, or I was so badly tempted, depending on how you look at it, that I didn't do any shopping at all. Well, that's not true. I just decided that I had to 'report' all pennies spent, not just the impulse ones.
You'd think I'd be over here rolling in dough like,
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I did really well. Even counting my purchase of Woodsmoke, a collection of cable patterns from Knit Picks, I only spent $46.07 the entire month of January. That even includes groceries! Granted, my husband picked up bread & milk a few times, we've eaten bean soup three times in the last two weeks, and the only thing left in our pantry now is a rusted can of water chestnuts and a half a jar of cake decorating sprinkles.
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I should be sitting on piles of money after only spending $46.07 all month. But nope,
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there's the matter of my daughter and her schooling. The $46.07 doesn't count things like the electric bill or my daughter's educational expenses. She's almost finished her EMT program and over the last few weeks, she's had to buy (i.e. I had to pay for,) not only a gazillion dollars worth of text books but also her own stethoscope, blood pressure cuff and the EMT uniform (2 of them) required for her class & ambulance ride-along adventure.
Good grief! It looks like I picked a good month not to spend any money.
I really can't complain though. By mid August, she'll be debt free and done with school. All those meals of bean soup won't seem so bad then.