Even if I were a gajillion-aire, I would eat Kraft dinner. Because that shit is my jam. And I'm not talking Velveeta with the cream sauce, I mean old-school, powdered cheese, artificial dyes Yellow #5 and #6, Kraft dinner.
My friends, it's October 2nd. And that means the September Spending Freeze that I did with Brie, Steph, and Carly is O-V-E-R. I didn't think I would make it. I can't make the walk from the entrance to the pharmacy at Rite Aid without being dazzled by the new makeup displays, and at Target, things just appear in my cart like magic.
In the year I've been reading Steph's blog, she's done two spending freezes, and after seeing all the frivolous purchases I made in August (which don't really count, being the Month of Marla and all...), I knew I had to hop on the train.
The rules are easy: Buy the essentials. And by essentials, I mean food, gas, running of the household items, necessary toiletries if I ran out, and copays/medicine. Any planned outings are okay, too. We had two, a local fall beer festival, and treating PJ to dinner his first week of school. No trips to Dunkin, and no going to Target for one thing and walking out with $300 worth of STUFF.
Egg & cheese wrap from Dunkin Donuts
I was running late to the hospital for my infusion and had to take something with my meds
Large pumpkin coffee from Dunkin
I was too lazy to wash out my to-go mug before I ran errands
Groupon to one of our favorite restaurants
Spend $40 get an $80 certificate. This is what I call a Rare Business Opportunity. RBO's don't happen often, and when they do, you have to jump at the chance. Because, in the end, it saves you money.
I was pissed at myself for caving and spending the $40. I get a bazillion Groupon offers every day, but I felt like this was one I couldn't pass up.
And the next day, I dropped my planner, and out fell a $50 birthday check from in in-laws that I never cashed (sorry Mom & Dad D!). I was so excited, because that is cash not coming directly out of my pocket, so OK to spend per the spending freeze rules. I deposited it right away to cancel out the Groupon.
And since I had $10 extra to spend....
Chipotle lunch with Anna, Megan and Remy
$6.96 (how have I never eaten here before?!!??!)
Doesn't count since it is part of my birthday money
Medium Pumpkin coffee from Dunkin
$1.07 (I had a $0.99 coupon I got in the mail!)
Doesn't count- birthday money
Total OOP Spending Freeze Spending
Yeah, I'm impressed, too.
OK, so technically, I failed. I couldn't wait to buy that Groupon, but finding that birthday check was my saving grace. Had I not found and cashed that check right away, total OOP would have been $44.27. Which, to be honest, it still amazing.
Yesterday I looked at the excel sheets where Steve keeps track of our spending, and I almost peed my pants comparing August spending to September.
During September I used a Sephora gift card (thanks Ruth!) and that kick-ass Sephora Groupon, my free panty coupon from Victoria's Secret, and a Starbuck's giftcard for a Pumpkin Spiced Latte from the wonderful Carly! I also had to pick up my prescriptions from Rite Aid in their drive-thru, and leave my Target coupons at home, so as not to be temped by ALL THE THINGS!
I should also mention that the methotrexate made me feel so shitty, I didn't want to leave the house most days.
Whatever works. I proved I can do it!
Now, who wants to go shopping?
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