Aug 29 2014
It’s end of August—the month we HAD to be mindful of our money. We had to change something to get a different result.
My husband helped me a lot in planning meals with me. Teamwork is awesome! But you know, we bought some luxurious items, like ice cream and juices. So it wasn’t exactly a monk-like lifestyle. Although that would be interesting to try. We ate out once as a family using a coupon that paid 90% of it. I look forward to eating out again as we still have a discount coupon and a gift certificate. Grand life. Needless to say, we met our budget for this month AND made an aggressive move to pay a good chunk of card debt. Great job on us.
There will be a month or 2 left of sunshine and I look forward to doing more activities, such as hiking, where we can pack our food and enjoy each other’s company and the activity itself. I’m feeling pretty good about life nowadays. My mental space is spacious as the card is going to be paid off with a strategy in place. After the card’s paid off, what else can my mind obsess about? I was telling my husband that it’s boring managing money when I’m not doing my magic tricks (moving money around). Weird how overspending can plant its effects on one’s psyche.
I feel that being mindful will bring upon changes. No idea what those are yet, but I sense it. The other day, I was not up for a long walk with the dog (aka workout) but I did anyway. I came home feeling great because I even beat a previous personal record. I seem to have more mental power to kick my own butt. Now I compete with myself. My runs are twice as far before I walk to catch breath and relax the muscles. All these will translate to something I can tell.
On that note, here’s an article about why my/your budget isn’t working. I swear the author was talking about me.
This week’s spending. Well, we got a bit lax and bought extras on groceries that we’ve not consumed yet. I expect the first week of September to have only 1 or 2 small grocery purchases. I came across 5 Dollar Dinners, and will try a number of its recipes to see what they would do to our budget.
Nay of the week. Last summer week before school starts. It felt so short.
Yay of the week. Took the kid to his dentist and wellness visits. I like that I’m able to do those things as planned. No procrastinating in that department. :-)
Enjoy the long weekend! x