This thing is half way over and it hasn’t been that hard. Although, I must confess, we haven’t set up terribly stringent guidelines for it.
If you don’t know what I’m talkin’ about, please click here to go back and read how IT all started.
We haven’t changed our grocery plan very much because we were super frugal grocery shoppers before we started, so we just cut out any fluff that wanted to horn in.
And that actually sums up the whole effort. Just apply that same principle to all areas of life.
You want to go to the Thrift store? What do you NEED? Jeans? Really? How many pairs of jeans do you own? 3? What event do you anticipate attending that requires the wearing 4 pairs of jeans at once?
You want to order a pizza? Um. No. We have food here at home.
You want to get a movie from Hollywood for tonight? No especially! First, they rarely have anything I want you to watch. Secondly, last time I looked, that cost around $4. Why, oh why would you toss out $4 for a one time viewing of any movie? (and no, we never go to the theater)
So, while we have tightened the belt a little more in certain areas, the biggest part of this whole 30 Days o’ Nuthin’ has been just making sure to NOT spend money on things that are not necessities.
Have I been tempted to cheat and buy a DVD that cost less than $3 on amazon? Yes.
Am I bitter and resentful about this whole deal? Not one bit. I am loving it and here’s why. I’m re-training my old brain to think twice or three times before I spend money. And it’s working. Not that I usually spend a lot of money on stuff that’s not needed. But more than I ought to.
Why do I do it?
Because I can.
And it’s a sloppy habit that I have gotten into.
And I don’t like it.
And here’s the biggie.
My Very Dear Hubby doesn’t like it. And of all things, I like to please my Hubby.
I have said that catch phrase, “It’s his money, after all.” And while that is true, that’s not the main reason. The main reason is that he is the leader of our family. He is the one who decides how the money will be spent.
Imagine this scenario. If I was wealthy before we were married. Wealthy enough that we could just live off of the interest. You know, Ellie Mae Clampett wealthy. Would it then be OK, once we were married, for me to be the leader of our family where the finances are concerned?
Can open, worms everywhere!
No, having money wouldn’t make me into a man. Thanks be to God. Because, you know, I might just have me some money someday. Especially now that I’ve learned to lay off that button marked “Proceed to Checkout.”
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