Archive for August, 2009:
I learned a few things about myself as we set out to limit our discretionary spending in August.
I buy a lot more than I thought. And I like shopping more than I thought. And to deprive myself of buying something I think we need or strongly want puts me in a bad mood.
So much for being a frugalista, eh?
All told, this month still went fairly well. We had no major purchases. Our groceries and other food purchases were reasonable. The things I bought were absoultely justified, even though they weren’t all immediate needs.
Our “house fund” now sits at 11 percent of our goal. Movin’ on up!
August’s exercise helped me better identify needs vs. wants and how instant gratification can play a role in my spending. Turns out, I’m not as patient as I thought.
Here’s some posts I’ve been meaning to share with you:
– Ashley had her baby, Savannah River! I don’t want to give away the crazy ending, so let’s just say it didn’t go as she or her husband expected.
– 21 tips to help you get your haggle on @ The Wisdom Journal
– Are you managing your money, or is it managing you? @ Living Well on Less
– Understanding the federal budget @ Get Rich Slowly
– Butterfly in the sky — Reading Rainbow is no more! Say it ain’t so! @ Keeping Feet