Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Daily Roundup


Today I spent a little, not much, just a little. I spent $6 at the store on some cream and some sweeties, I have to confess. I did feel a bit guilty, but I wanted a little sweet treat..

I also spent $4 on a Kindle book...I shouldn't have, but I did. I know $10 isn't much, but it's all about the little things, still, I said I would be honest online so here it is...my daily confession.

75%


I was determined that the short getaway I would be taking my daughter on in October would be funded in ways other than my pay. I am 75 % of the way towards having the amount I had firmed in my head for how much the days away would cost. It has been coming in drips and drabs but I have sold a few things and bit by bit it has mounted up to almost where I need to be to cover costs. This goes to prove my thoughts that small amounts do add up. Not that I ever disputed it, but it is yet again a further reminder that what seems small at the time, can really add up.

This can be a positive in terms of my selling a few things here and there to add up to getaway costs...or other things one might save for.

Or alternatively it can also be a cautionary tale of remembering that all the small pointless, unneeded purchases one makes can also add up...to lots of waste..though I know all readers know that.

What may seem like small daily reminders or rediscoveries are really important to help keep me focused and on track. After my accident earlier in the year I lost it big time and wanted to simply give up. And for a while I lost myself, my smile and my discipline...but all I achieved was annoyance at myself. It was like I had been looking for an excuse to spend again and I had given myself the accident as the excuse. But all I felt was a failure...and relieved when I got refocused again.

I don't need an excuse to spend...if there's nothing I crave. And there's nothing I crave, so if I feel like I need to buy, I have to look behind what the craving is about....and do some serious introspective thinking. I really do think that this time, I have a handle on myself.

 No really...this time!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Daily Roundup



Sunday and Monday have both been NO SPEND DAYS which is just as well since I have wedding money to give to friends at the weekend and a canteen bill I owe of $60.

This canteen bill covers about 4 months of food for both my daughter and myself at various periods at my school. Sometimes if I have forgotten my lunch or needed a coffee because I haven't had one on a morning due to not fancying one at the time I have racked up a few dollars or so. Still I guess for a time period of four months between the two of us, that's not too bad.

In the dark ages I used to spend about $30 a week...jeepers. Anyway, all is on track!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Sealed Pot


I have decided to start a new sealed pot challenge. Into it will go any odd bits of change or tiny bits of cash that I happen upon. Now as a way of showing gratitude for all that is good in my life and as a way of starting my new year (it's my birthday today) I will be saving my drips and drabs of money for charity.

The charity I am saving for is The Orangutan Project and specifically our adopted orangutan Gokong. We already donate each month but I just want to do more. Beyond buying carefully selected foodstuffs NOT containing palm oil and donating, I just want to do more.

Orangutans make me cry. When I see them on TV, they make me cry. Such gentle and darling creatures...by jingies, I truly hope I can fill that pot over and over.

My life is very privileged and I want to reach out to our hairy friends.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Daily Roundup or Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance


NO SPEND DAY

Pleased to have yet another no spend day, though to be honest we could do with some milk and some tomatoes that I forgot to buy at the supermarket the other day. I might have to get them tomorrow as they are needed by others in the house and I feel bad I forgot to get them.

I think I prefer this way of documenting my spending as I am really brought to be aware of what is going in and out and on what. I don't mind spending on necessities like the foodstuffs mentioned, I am just annoyed with myself I forgot to get them the other day. I have purloined a small white board from work to write down the things we need as we go so I don't have another forgetful episode.

Every day it is a reminder to think and plan carefully with all the necessities and not-so-necessary and it is something I aim to keep improving on. If I forget something super duper important it costs me an extra $5 in petrol to go buy it and I don't want to undo all the good work with a trip to the not-so-close supermarket.

Prior planning prevents poor performance...so I am told!