Aug 31 2009

End of our limited-spending month

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.

2 Responses to “End of our limited-spending month”

  1. You ARE a frugalista!

    You had a budget, you had a plan, you stuck to it. You justified your purchases and you grew your savings.

    Just because you’re frugal doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to spend money!

    I think it sounds like you guys are doing great!

  2. I had a similar experience- while we had a more severe “No Spend Month”, I found that I like being able to go and browse and buy things periodically or (more often) I like the freedom to declare I’m not cooking for an evening & go out to eat.

    Which I’m considering doing tonight, since I’ve not been grocery shopping in a month and there’s not anything to eat at home.

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