January Money Challenge – Money Fast

Hey y’all! 
I decided that for 2018, I would try a different money “challenge” each month.  Lifehacker has done this in past years, but I could not find it this year so I am making my own.
For January, I tried to not buy anything but food and essentials.  This was tough but I am so glad I did it! I realized how much stuff I think I need in the moment.  Yet  if I hold off for a month or longer, the urge to buy whatever it was passes.  So here’s how I did on the no new friends stuff challenge:

Things I didn’t buy:

  • Calipers
  • Dave Barnes’ new music
  • Monogrammed rain boots – my (non-monogrammed) current pair is a bit too small
  • Regular boots – my two favorite pairs have actual holes in them, which is quite the bummer since one pair is very nice. Yet I made do with the third pair and thick socks.
  • Skincare products
  • Les mis tickets
  • Rufus Wainwright tickets
  • Sara Bareilles sheet music – did I mention I don’t own a piano? But you never can be too prepared
  • A keyboard that you can play on the table – for^^, obviously
  • A Hamilton-themed flat billed baseball hat, for the five minutes I convinced myself I could pull it off
  • A Charlotte Hornets t-shirt – I don’t remember the last time I watched a Hornets game, but I was on a long layover and convinced that I needed to rep the home state
  • A UNC onesie for Baby C – it had a tutu already attached!
  • Fitness tracker – I have one somewhere but it wasn’t working well so I stopped wearing it. Now I want one to track my sleep and steps and tell me the time.

Things I did buy:

  • Advil/alka seltzer
  • Bible study book
  • Eric hutchinson’s new music (only $1!)
  • Barre teacher training
  • A billion lyft rides (I’m still working on time management)
  • The Roots’ song “The Seed” – I needed an “Eagles are going to the Super Bowl” playlist
  • Baby gifts for our neighbors
  • Shampoo/conditioner

I’d call that an overall success! I did eventually buy some of the things in my “did not buy list,” but at least it was a more thoughtful purchase when it happened.  I’ve extended the lessons from this month into a longer-lasting plan for success. From now on, I’m putting things in my amazon cart if I think I need it, then waiting a bit before I buy to make sure that I do.  

February’s Challenge: No take out, only cooking meals ahead of time.  Wish me luck!

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