We've refinished the bathroom, fixed and inspected both cars, paid for Scouty's summer camp, gone on a mini-vacation, registered and paid ahead for next year's preschool, thrown Scouty's big 4th birthday party, purchased our gardening containers, fence and supplies, gotten pictures taken and framed of the girls and more... all in the past month.
It was a total flurry of spending.
I need to get a grip on things before I start cracking down and admonishing Kurt for buying himself lunch, like he does like... once every two months. (Compared to the many coffees and teas and lunches and play dates that I take the girls out for, Kurt spends pretty much ZERO money, EVER.)
So, for the month of May, we're not going anywhere, or agreeing to any activities that cost money. So, don't tempt me by inviting us out for lunch or to play at awesome, fun Toys To Try. If you ask me, I'll say yes, and then it will be all your fault that my family is languishing in the poor house.
We'll eat at home, all month. No exceptions. (Not even when I realize that we don't have any juice boxes to pack with Scouty's lunch and so I decide that we'll just stop and get her Subway instead of taking both girls to the grocery store.)
We'll attempt to stick closer to home to save on gas. I won't make this a NO EXCEPTIONS rule, because... we're not going to spend the rest of our lives in the south hills. We have a membership at The Children's Museum, for example and friends who live in other neighborhoods that we're going to visit, for sure. However, I'll try to engineer our bored, time wasting activities near our house.
We'll take advantage of parks, libraries, the play area at the mall... although that's risky because of mean, tricky Teavana and the workers there who totally get paid a commission for making you buy something you never would have agreed to if you weren't being swindled by their magical fast talking.
I'm tired of feeling out of control about how much we're spending. I'm sick of having a house full of stuff that there's no place for. I just want to feel calm and empty in all the good ways and organized.
You can click the 500 dollar month at the top of this page to keep track of how we're doing with this project... how much I'm spending, what we're eating, what we're cutting back on and where we're spending our time.
I want to be able to go on a trip to The Outer Banks next summer, just the four of us. I want it to be quiet and isolated. I want both of my girls to love the sand and the waves together.
Wish me luck!