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Low Spend August

August 1st, 2013 at 02:02 pm

This needs to be a low-spend month. I mean, this NEEDS to be a low-spend month. I am going to make a promise to myself that I will not spend on anything other than absolute must-haves, like food, gas for my car, and regular bills. Somehow, someway, I need to get myself back on track.

Having said that, I will have one relaxed day, where I take my Dad and Step-Mom to the local baseball team's game at the end of the month. Other than that, I hope to stick close to home and not spend much money. Now to just get everyone else on the same page as me! One thing that will help is the start of school, which usually means a few free meals around campus. That will help the entertainment/out to eat budget.

Today will not be a NSD because I need to buy the baseball tickets, reserve the campsite, and do some grocery shopping. SO is on the road today and tomorrow, so I can eat cereal for dinner. I tend to eat really simple when he's not home. Or I make up something like a stir-fry where I can eat it for many days.

2 Responses to “Low Spend August”

  1. rachel021406 Says:

    I'm in the same boat for August. I hope I'm so tight I squeak. Smile

  2. snafu Says:

    My fav tricks to keep slippage to the minimum is to write down every dollar spent. Keeping an elastic band on the CC to reminds me to re-think any purchase. It help to ask 'what's the worse thing that will happen if I don't buy.' Often it's 'Murphy' that unexpected, unplanned expense that causes the budget hit. I've finally trained myself to take a deep breath and review whether it needs immediate attention, whether it can be put off, what is the most cost effective way to cope. I force myself to do appropriate research before taking action.

    ...just a thought

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