Time sure is flying, I can’t believe it’s December and that this no-spend challenge is flying by so quickly. This set of 15 days was pretty easy because of the huge exam I had to write in the middle of it. In typical Janine fashion this means locking yourself in a room with your books and not coming out until you know everything. It’s pretty easy to not spend money when you aren’t leaving the house. All in all the exam went well, passed with flying colors and work is finally starting to slow down and wind up for Christmas. My guess is the last 15 days are going to be the hardest because of the holiday season
Last time I checked in, I had spent $130 which wasn’t too bad and most of it could be attributed to one day when the fiance was back in town.
Since then I have added $47.63 which can all be attributed to lunch, coffee and macarons.
After 45 days I have spent $177.64 on non-essential spending. gave myself a $20 per week allowance and at this point I’m about $38 over budget.
Doing this challenge makes me realize how much stuff I probably would have purchased if I wasn’t doing this challenge. I’m not a huge impulse buyer (anymore) but I would say my weakness is Starbucks and Lunch. Working downtown it makes it so easy to just grab lunch instead of packing it. I’ve really had to make a conscious effort to not buy my lunch, unless I’m meeting a friend. Keeping busy is also key, I’ve had so many projects and courses on the go I really haven’t had time to spend a lot of money. Christmas shopping helps as well. I like buying gifts for other people and it kind of relieves the urge to buy something for myself when I’m doing it for myself.
Here’s to the last stretch before Christmas!