I did great during Uber Frugal January, and even though I’ve eased up a bit this month I’m still on the frugal wagon.
During the end of January I started feeling a little too competitive with myself regarding my spending. I really, really did not want to have to buy more food, for example. This ultimately wasn’t going in a healthy direction.
I am still tracking my spending every week when I check my budget – but the part of UFJ that worked the best, tracking daily, seems to have made a bigger difference in my mental attitude toward spending than I would have anticipated.
In the last week I’ve found myself putting numerous things in my Amazon cart:
- headphones (I’ve had none for quite some time, so clearly have gotten by without)
- a cookbook (hi there internet, fancy meeting you here)
- a metal coffee filter for my AeroPress (I realized I can reuse the paper filters a few times, and have a stash of regular filters I can cut down)
- an electric kettle (even though my gas stove works just fine and is close in efficiency)
- programmable keypads with deadbolts (um I should probably not admit I’ve broken into my house twice in the last month after forgetting my keys)
- a FoodSaver and jar sealers (but then also a manual pump to use instead of the electric FoodSaver, and keeping in mind harvest season is months away!)
- and bamboo mason jar lids (uh, what?).
Of all those things I wanted at the moment, the headphones were the only thing I could remember. So, REALLY IMPORTANT, those other potential purchases, weren’t they?!
So today, a reminder:
- I will not spend any money on anything that is not a necessity: food, toothpaste, bar soap, floss.
- I will drive as little as possible: yuck. It’s winter again. Let’s try that one again:
- I will drive as little as possible but will show myself grace for being sick of the cold and dark and wanting to sleep that extra hour by driving to work.
- I will accept social invitations because it’s cold and dark and community building can be as frugal as I want it to be.
- I will savor the bit of light in the evenings on my way home — and have been truly awe-inspired by the gorgeous sunsets and fat winter moon hanging in the sky as the sun dips in a fiery ocean of clouds.