Spending fast = not fun.

I’ve already found two handbags, three skirts, five dresses, and two pairs of shoes I want. (That’s not even counting the boots and black pumps I actually need.)

I hate my inner materialist.

To be fair, I probably wouldn’t have bought most of that anyway, even if I wasn’t on the fast. The feelings just get a little more vivid when you know you can’t have something.

I’m being really good, though! I’ve brought my lunch every day since I wrote that post (oh, three days ago). AND we’ve eaten dinner in every night. AND the only things I’ve spent money on are groceries and gas for my car, which were both on the list of “necessary purchases for life to continue to function.”

So…I may not have a new pair of shoes, but I can pat myself on the back. Woo. Hoo.

Seriously though, I do feel good about sticking with this. Whenever I get tempted, I just run through the list of things I really want to do with the money. Like pay off my credit card debt and buy boots. A noble goal and a practical (ok, maybe a tiny bit selfish) one.

I also find it’s helpful to focus on my other life goal, getting a puppy.

The hubs and I have pretty much narrowed down our puppy choices to a beagle. They make pretty good apartment dogs, are easy to crate train, and I saw this video, which I literally CANNOT watch without actually weeping. (Don’t believe me? Just try. I DARE YOU.)

In all seriousness, there has never been a more motivational piece of film. I don’t just want to rescue a beagle. I need to.

Plus, searching online for adoptable beagle puppies in the tri-state area is surprisingly stress relieving.

This little guy was the winner today. His name is LUEY. How freaking cute is that?


We’ve decided to get a dog in about a year (grumph), so by this time next year, I plan to not only be debt-free, but also living out my wildest dreams. (Which, yes, are to have a pup. I dream big.)

Anyone else wanna share their “I will NOT spend money” motivation? It can’t hurt my cause.

9 Responses to My mind on my money

  • Harriet says:

    I hear ya! When I was trying not to spend any money, it seemed like there were 1001 things that I hadn’t realized before that I wanted… props for staying strong! 🙂 I’m also saving for a dog, and trying to get student loans paid off. (And the much longer-term goal of someday buying a house.)
    Luey’s adorable!

  • I’m actually glad you posted this…I’ve been thinking a lot this year and I think I’m ready to commit and buy a home. (terrified) So my motivation for not spending money (saving money) A house! And to get rid of my credit card debt! I can do it….Right? ps. Beagles are toooo cute, but they do kinda howl a bit when you crate train them, just FYI! 🙂

  • Lindsey says:

    My saving-money goals are three-fold:
    #1 Pay off my husband’s student loans (uuuuuuuggggggh).
    #2 Have enough money put away to buy a car when our Durango finally clunks and wheezes for the last time.
    #3 Have a substantail downpayment for a house when Dustin graduates and gets the “dream job.”

    These things (mostly) keep me in line and prevent me from buying all the pretty things I REALLY want, because I have to remember the long-term dream!

  • Gabriel says:

    my #1 motivation is to picture myself old and filled with endless bills that make me remember “why did I do this to myself” – whenever I am about to buy something stupid I think: Ok, I could get these cool shoes OR I could be 1 week closer to seeing $0 in my credit card balance – the latter almost always wins (I’m human, and shoes sometimes win, they have powers of their own, you know?)
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  • Stacy Marie says:

    We rescued 2 schnauzer beagle mixes (a brother and sister) and we absolutely adore them! We made some spending sacrifices to afford them, and I can’t tell you how completely worth it they are!

  • kelly says:

    After we finished saving for a nest egg. Hubby and I decided to live it up for the next 3 years because we will not have the responsibility of a mortgage/kids since we will be trying to experience all that Hong Kong has to offer. It is very hard to save money especially in NYC when there are so many temptations. Wish you luck!
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