Friday, April 25, 2008

Me. Money. Stooopid.

I will be the first one (the FIRST!) to admit that I am terrible with money. You may doubt that someone as smart, funny, tall, and punctual as myself could be fiscally irresponsible but I assure you, it is a solid fact.

So anyway, this month, the straw broke the proverbial camel's back and I am now PLEDGING to take steps to improve my spending and up my frugality score. And win back my husband's love and devotion and maybe get a little nookie now and then because he won't be angry with me for going nuts at Amazon. Heh.

I promise:

1. To write down EVERYTHING I spend. I think that this will be a major help for me because part of my problem is that I spend $10 here, $20 here, $17 over there and don't write these things down and realize holy SHIT I just spent $47 on c.r.a.p. YKWIM??

2. To hereby declare that the month of May is NO SPENDING MONTH. Instead of just sticking my toe in to test the water, I'm going to just jump right into the deep end and pledge not to buy ANYTHING that is not absolutely NEEDED. I know this will be hard, especially with all the new, fun, springy things like flip flops but I am resolved. It will be a good exercise in SELF CONTROL and can't hurt my materialistic tendencies either.

So. We'll see how it goes. I'll update here with my progress (or regression, as the case may be) to keep me motivated.

Sigh.

4 comments:

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

woo hoo! I applaud your resolve. Please update on how you do!

(I absolutely SUCK at managing money, too . . .)

Mackenzie said...

I've bade a pretty similar commitment. I obviously don't have the family pressures (unless you count the cats clammoring for food), but I have a mortgage instead!

In my search for financial responsibility, I've found good tips and plain old inspiration from a few sites. Here's three, just in case you find them useful:

http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/
http://www.thesimpledollar.com/
http://www.getrichslowly.org/

Have fun!

Anonymous said...

I am bad too. This site has helped me immensely with my book addiction...
http://www.alibris.com/

acaseofu said...

That was me anonymous, Heidi!