So I’ve gone on a spending freeze.
I took this job away from my hubby and my beautiful house, friends, life, etc. so that we could really put a pretty penny in our savings and, potentially, start thinking about starting a family. (How noncommittal, right? “Start thinking about starting to think…”) Napkin and I both have pretty wicked cases of arrested development and so whenever the baby talk starts, we squirm and change the subject. But realistically– if it’s going to happen… it’s going to happen sooner rather than later.
Before I made the move to Murl Beach, we spent a good amount of time at the dinner table, coming up with a budget for each month. I won the battle for (a little bit of) fun money and we hemmed and hawed over potential utility bills, grocery lists and the like. When I got down here and settled into my apartment, everything changed. I spent more on utilities than we thought, my grocery bills were through the roof mostly due to my needing spices, oils and the other necessities required for someone who cooks. Neither of us realized just how expensive those would be to replace in one fell swoop. (Spoiler Alert: It’s a lot.) There was also the stuff I needed for my apartment. Cleaning supplies, sheets, THROW PILLOWS. It was way more expensive than we thought. All of these necessities served a purpose, though; They were an excuse for me to spend money.
Over the last couple of months it’s become a habit of mine to go shopping. Even, like, a hobby. My days before work consist of getting up, responding to emails, making breakfast, sitting on my porch with a cup of coffee and then going shopping. Usually it’s for house stuff and I give myself a limited amount of time so I can come home, change and then go to work around five in the afternoon. This would be okay every once in a while, right? But I’m doing it EVERYDAY. Well, almost every day. I’m doing it to the point that I’m draining my checking account and living almost paycheck to paycheck. How embarrassing. So! I gave myself a challenge. One that would be helpful financially and, hopefully, creative as well. I put myself on a spending freeze.
But here’s the thing. I’m totally bored. I’m obsessive compulsive about cleanliness as it is– so there’s no spring cleaning to be done here in my tiny apartment. That would be my go-to. So that’s out. I can’t bring myself to commit to a video game. I would be guilty and stop hanging out with anyone ever. So that’s out. Basically, since putting myself on a spending freeze– I’ve done a lot of this:
That’s right. That’s my makeup-less face sitting on the couch while a very bored Molly sits behind me. Y’all, I’m SO BORED!! I’m bored to the point that I’ll show you my face with no makeup on! (Yes, there’s an Instagram filter– my blotchy skin needed it, okay?)
I know there are tons of things to do but I get so frustrated by not being able to spend money that I basically sit around all day and pout about how bored I am!
When I was little my mom used to say, “Only stupid people are bored.” This really affected me and so I was constantly looking for things to do to keep from feeling listless. But as an adult, trying to control the weather or come up with witches’ brews just don’t have the same affect as they did when I was little.
For the rest of the week, I’m going to blog each day about something that I did for free dollars. I’m trying to make it all the way through until next Tuesday and I need your help. Leave me your free dollar hobbies in the comments? Let’s do it together?
I mean– I’m ready for the spending freeze apocalypse. I got a full tank of gas, I went to the grocery store and spent a meager amount of money on groceries that SHOULD last me for the week. There’s not a single thing that I NEED to go out and get. But I’ll tell you this: I just ran out of Morningstar Buffalo Wings and I’m about to have a panic attack because I can’t stop by Target on the way to work to refill my supply of soy chicken.
UGHHHHH. SEND HELP.