I know it’s sort of gauche to talk about money in public, but I thought putting this out here would make me more accountable. So here goes: I am putting myself on a spending freeze. With the exception of food (and by food I mean groceries), gas, my prescription, and two other pre-freeze-planned social activities, I am going to try not to spend any “extra” money over the next two weeks. No clothes shopping, no 2 p.m. coffee runs (tear!), no social activities that require fundage other than the gas it takes to get to them. The extra money is going straight to my savings account.
There are several reasons for this freeze, the main one being that (even though I stick to a budget) I’ve been feeling kind of spendy lately, but the other one being that after posting Bri’s awesome living room pictures last week, I got that itch to buy “stuff.” You know what I mean, I think: The burning desire to buy just to buy; to have something delivered that I’ll probably stare at lovingly for a few weeks or months, but that will eventually most likely be relegated to a cupboard or closet. It wasn’t a good feeling; in fact, it made me really uncomfortable. I mean, yes, I want to redo my living room, but not at the expense of my savings account, you know?
So when I got my last paycheck, I decided to institute the spending freeze. And I’m not going to lie, it’s a bit scary. I did a big grocery shop on Sunday, so I’m set with food for the week (meal-planning helps a lot with that), and my week is pretty well planned out, so I have a good idea of what to expect. And you know, even though I have that “OMG-I-have-no-money” feeling for some reason, it’s nice to know that the extra is sitting happily in savings.
Have you guys ever done something like this? Does it freak you out as much as it does me? If I can calm down about it, I think I’m going to try to do it more often, but we’ll see how the next two weeks go, I guess. I’ll keep you posted.
P.S. Just so I don’t come across as a total hypocrite, I’ll still be posting about pretty things/products that I love, simply because I like cataloging them here. But hopefully I’ll be talking more about the story behind the brand/product, as opposed to how much I want to click the “buy” button on the website.
Photo by Ivana Rosario