10 Day Spending Freeze

I have decided to get a jump start on 2013 which means that I started my bootcamp class a month early and as part of my 2013 financial success plan, I chose to freeze spending for a full 10 days, every 60 days of the year. Starting today, I will be not spending any money for the next 10 days, ending on the 20th. This will be difficult as I am not completely finished shopping but it will prevent over spending.

Here is how day 1 went.

I forgot this morning that it was a freeze day (it is my first time and all).  When I went to pick up my online order, I bought wrapping paper, gum and scented pine cones spending a total of $7.97. I also did not wake up in enough time to make coffee this morning so I went through McDonald’s and bought a coffee for a $1.10. Thus my total spend today was $9.07.  Not off to a perfect start but also not the worst either.  I did make a return and received #27.52 back so at the end of the day I am up in cash but did not fulfill my ultimate purpose.

Once I returned home and remembered I am on day 1 of a freeze, I did empty my wallet and leave my debit card at home. This did prove to be a life saver as the term freeze apparently means the same thing as diet to me…I wanted to buy things that I normally would not. Good thing I left the plastic and cash at home!

I suspect tomorrow will be easier as I will be better prepared. Are you taking this challenge with me? How did day 1 go for you?

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