Ok, so I’m not actually going on a diet this month, all my friends and family will tell me that I don’t need to. What I am doing is going on a “spending diet”. I got the idea from a blog I read, to give up unnecessary spending (pay only your bills, and necessary things like gas and food) for the month of January, and thought it would be a great way to start the new year.
I thought that with the prospect of going back to school, another vacation this year, continuing to pay off my student loans, and the extra spending that naturally came with the holidays, this would be a good thing. So here I am on day 4, still no money spent.
I find that it’s pretty easy for me to go several days in a row without spending money, but somewhere in there it happens. In fact, I’ve been keeping track of what I spend my money on for months now, and here is how it breaks down:
25% of my money goes to going out, museums, weekend trips and the like
25% goes to food, and eating out
10% goes to my new obsession with Groupon
10% goes to my old obsession with coffee 🙂
5% goes to my favorite thrift stores and shopping
and the rest is a lot of miscellaneous stuff like haircuts, and wedding gifts.
Wish me luck for the rest of the month, I’ll let you know how it goes!