August is upon us already. That means a spending freeze for me. July was filled with multiple birthdays and other expenditures this year… that means spending extra money. I will have one exception for this spending freeze though… wedding expenses. I am retraining my brain to frugalness by not spending on anything frivolous or uneccessary.
I know I’ve already done the rundown on spending freezes in a previous post. This month I’m going to heed my own words. IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN. I’ve already had challenges this month, and it’s only the fourth! I went shopping with my daughter today. She wanted some company. Of course I said I would go. I had to put back several items as we wandered around multiple stores. They were great deals. I sure wanted to take them home! I had to keep reminding myself… “I don’t need this. Self control, self control, self control”. It worked! Chalk one up for me!
Bills, minimal wedding expenses, and bare essentials/groceries… That is all I’m purchasing. This month, for some reason, I’m finding this really difficult. I’m not sure why. I do spending freezes several times a year. Having MY birthday in July probably didn’t help. I usually buy myself a few things… Things I’ll use, but not solely needed items. They were random, spur of the moment items. Maybe that’s it? I wasn’t as careful with my money and my steadfastness waivered. Yep, I’m going with that.
Yes, this month will be tough. I have company coming to town for the wedding. I’ll have four extra people in my house for five days. I’ll make it work! I think I’ll use some of my food storage to compensate for the added food costs. That way I don’t blow my grocery budget. I’ll be sure to make menus choices that everyone will enjoy. It’s going to be pretty hectic, so I will be using my crock pot and instant pot the majority of the time. These will save me a lot of time, giving me the freedom to visit with my brother and his family, along with decorating the wedding venue. I’ll say it again… This will work!
So, my money IS going to stay in my wallet. Amazon WILL NOT get my business this month. I am not going to the store unless I’m grocery shopping or getting items for the wedding. Repeat after me…. Self control, SELF CONTROL!!