-I spent 200 of my 500 dollar allotment in one week. That seems extreme, but we had to spend money for Mother's Day and a birthday.
-I also still have food supplies to cook at least two dinners in the upcoming week.
-We managed to eat all of our meals at home, every day! There was no extraneous spending on eating out.
-This project is also inspiring me to eat less. Apparently, saving money is a bigger motivator than the promise of losing weight.
-There have been millions of times this past week where I've thought, "I'll go grab a coffee and read tonight... oh wait." Or, "Louisey and I can go thrift store shopping while Scouty is at school... oh wait." Or, "I have money for all of us if the ice cream man shows up at the playground... oh wait." I'm really realizing how I don't think of free things when I'm on auto-pilot. My first impulse is to go somewhere and do something that will cost money.
-Gas is expensive.
-Groupon and Heartsy are tempting.
This whole thing has me thinking a lot about how far we've come, as a family in the 5 years we've all been together. During my first pregnancy, and when Scouty was a baby, most of the time all we had was $500 per month to spend on food and gas. So, every time this feels hard, I just think about how there are lots and lots of people who would read this and think... "It's hard for her to stick to only spending $500 this month?" I get that. I get that I'm totally privileged and blessed to be even thinking about a trip to the beach.
The point for me is that it is totally possible to spend and consume less, and it's possible without living in a state of deprivation. This week, we've maintained all of our social visits and have been eating super healthy, super yummy meals. We've just changed locations and ingredients around.
While spending money on whatever I feel like spending it on is fun, it's not really rewarding. I mean, I can have rewarding experiences through less thoughtful spending, but the actual act of handling our money isn't rewarding. There's nothing satisfying about making it through another month. I already feel a sense of accomplishment every time I turn down one of my impulses to spend money in favor of saving for our goal.
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