End of Month Report – well THAT sure worked!

So due to my dog puking bloody stuff….I am once again in the negative.  I did get some of the money back!  And I did work a lot more this month!  I also have mice, so I had to buy dog-friendly mouse-repellents that are…barely working.  if at all.

Christmas is a-brewin’ and I have yet to get home to get cardmaking things.  I have a few people handled and I have some ideas for pleasant things!

Mid-Month Report

I’ve started getting up around 6-6:30 in the morning and it’s doing wonders.  I have plenty of time to wake up, pay attention to Wally, pick an outfit…and watch Good Day Philadelphia while drinking my coffee.  I don’t feel so rushed and then I seem to do better at work.  Go figure!

Yesterday, I cooked three different meals for the week so I don’t get totally fucking bored and eat out (an issue that I have noticed)

Saturday, I had to work a 12-hour day (well one hour to get home to feed/walk Wally) which sucked…but the people running the event I stayed late for gave me a whole case of Flying Fish.  And I got a Ron Swanson painting (okay yes…i spent money on this…but it was for a charity and it’s awesome.  my birthday is coming up and I can count that!)

I have still spent money on Starbies being lazy about bringing coffee to work with me for that mid-day slump.  I have a mason jar of it in my lunchbag already.  Because I have plenty of time to make breakfast and lunch now.

Doing Better in Week 2

Aside from a necessary trip to the laundromat (already loaded on the cash card for that place) I have done pretty good about not spending this week!  I made oatmeal cookies, bacon mac n cheese, and a shitload of coffee on Sunday so I have been set.  I’ve been way too busy between a massive mailing at work and sidegigs to even think of spending money.

I’m trying to give myself more time at home this week instead of working back-to-back 12 hour days and I think I really need to be better about giving myself more time.  I took most of the weekend to myself and did work from home and watch TV on the floor with my dog for a few hours and it was necessary.  I work too much.  More importantly – I work too much to be this poor.

Day 4 – Opportunities….

…to stuff your face for free.

Today I went to a fantastic networking/professional growth event today that work paid me to go to.  Life bonus?  Breakfast/Lunch were free….and taking the leftovers was encouraged!  I snagged a chocolate muffin, slice of cake, and applej juice for later.

Pet Insurance
I can’t stress how smart I think it is to get pet insurance on your pets.  I was raging over the $700 bill yesterday and today I calmed the fuck down and made sure the vet filed an insurance claim for me.  So I’ll hopefully get at least half back…which is better than just being totally fucked.

Thinking about all of this reaffirms the whole “hey seriously don’t spend money this month” thing.


Well I suppose it’s a good thing that I’m on a spend fast…as my dog required $700 in vet bills this morning.  He hasn’t been eating so much for the last week and yesterday he completely stopped eating and was lethargic.  Today, he puked up yellow stuff with blood flecks in it.

X-Rays, bloodwork, and an ER visit later….I don’t know what’s wrong with my dog and all of my financial plans were suddenly fucked.  This month is now not about saving money for anything extravagant like replenishing my sad emergency fund or pumping more into my student loans…but will now be about saving and making enough to cover this hit.

He’s pretty lucky that I love him so goddamn much.  But man…it’s too early in the month.

No Spend November – Day 2

So Day 1 was actually full of grocery shopping and driving to Maryland….yes, not very NO SPENDY but I couldn’t do everything last week because I worked over 50 hours and spent all additional time sleeping and with the dog.  The good news was I was paid completely in cash last week so I was able to buy my month’s groceries and topped off my tank with cash and I have an additional $50 in cash to replenish fruits and veggies mid-month.

I spent $52 for groceries that included ingredients and beer for a birthday dinner for my best friend last night.  I had enough ingredients that tomorrow night I can make a bigass batch of pork fried rice.  I also have to divvy up and freeze the chicken thoughts I bought for crockpotting.

I find that the best way for me to not spend money…is to make money.  This week I have set up to work Tuesday-Friday evenings for sidejobs.  On the weekend I’m volunteering at the Art Star Craft Bazaar where I’ll earn gift certificates for 3-hour shifts (currently scheduled for 2 but may work more depending on how I feel)\