It started with an article in Reader's Digest. (One of the perks of military life=free Reader's Digest) It describes one family's "No-Buy Experiment": A quest to live one whole month without spending any money. It was a great article and I mentioned to Doug maybe we should try it sometime. (Him="YIPEE!") Later, I read that my friends did something similar. I was definitely intrigued, but still not quite motivated.
And then we went to Hawaii. ($$$)
And I went to Costco AND Target. (And thoroughly enjoyed both trips: $$$$$.)
And now I'm motivated.
So we're trying it.
One whole month without spending money.
Except not really.
We're not doing it quite the same. We didn't plan ahead so we're still going to have to get groceries and diapers. But the goal is, nothing extra!!!
No on-line shopping at Amazon.
No unnecessary BX purchases.
No eating out.
No on-line shopping at Target.
No 100 Yen store. (No 100 Yen Store???!!??)
No on-line shopping. Period. (!!!!)
Flashback to Monday; the first day of the month. Doug had the day off. We went to the BX to cancel Max's school lunch account. (He was buying hot lunch just to get the dessert. Even on days he had a sack lunch.)
On the way in, we walked past Cinnabon. All of the sudden, I have an overwhelmingly desperate desire for some warm gooey goodness. Never before had a carton full of saturated fat and high fructose corn syrup seemed so tempting. The smell almost overwhelmed me. But alas...I had to walk right on by. (Fortunately Doug was there to keep me strong.)
We walked into the main store. (It's sort of like a Mervyn's...not quite as nice as, say, Kohl's, and nowhere even in the same galaxy as Target. And yet they sell Coach bags. So bizarre.)
Doug headed to Customer Service to take care of the school lunch account. I took Gabey back to look at the toys. Soon it was time to go. And I was empty handed. It felt very strange. Very uncomfortable. I didn't like it at all. It's not even a place I love to shop, but to leave without buying something felt all wrong! Doug grabbed my arm and pulled. It was painful on so many levels.
And then we got in the car. We had time to kill before Sam got out of school. It would have been the perfect time to drive off-base for some Ramen and Gyoza with only ONE kid in tow. But alas. We were destined for PB&J's at home. The rest of the day passed in a blur of self-deprivation and self-pity.
Pathetic, I know, but I never claimed to be a saint! (Genius, yes! Hard-core Athlete with lightning reflexes? Of course. Saint? No.)
It is now day 4 and I'm staying strong. I've found it helps to stay in the house but away from the computer. The trampoline has been a safe-haven, for example. (Ahh, the trampoline. One of the best investments we ever made!!!)
I'm a little afraid of going to the grocery store--I don't want to go overboard--but eventually I'm going to have to test my resolve and see if it's possible for me to just buy the necessities. (i.e. no stock piles of food storage Nutella.)
I'll let you know how it goes.
In the mean time though, I think I'm going to go make Cinnamon Rolls.
Like I said...
I'm no saint.
To cheer me up, tell me some of your tips and tricks for saving money. I need all the help I can get!!!