Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A day late and a dollar short

I have a terrible habit of taking on the world and spreading myself too thin. I've done it since I started college and no matter how aware of it I am, I can't stop myself. There's just so much to do in this one life we get! And sometimes, blogging about it falls to the wayside. I'm not sorry but I certainly wish I was able to keep up as much as I'd like to!

So a few cool kids did the January spending freeze and we were supposed to report our results yesterday.
Love, Fun and Football


Check out the link ups here! I'm so impressed with how well everyone did! I sure wish I could say the same!

The first two weeks were great. I didn't spend a dime. But I also didn't earn an extra dime. Not only did I have no extra income for the first two weeks of the year, my paycheck was docked for a mix up on PTO and our wellness plan was cancelled, which takes an extra $32 out of each paycheck now. It was discouraging. To top it off, my car ended up needing $1,300 in repairs so my emergency fund took a big hit.

At this point, I was fed up. I was discouraged and bored. Every January I plan a "Treat Yo Self" day based on the perfect TV show Parks and Recreation.
I planned on $100 to treat myself to a mani/pedi and a massage. But I had to run to Target and I splurged. Then I went out for drinks with friends and ended up buying too many rounds at the bar. The damage to my credit card wasn't pretty and I wasn't proud of it. I didn't go too crazy the rest of the month but I didn't stop myself from buying wine for book club or a birthday present for my friend.

I ended up taking some money out of savings to pay off debt and make some headway. I picked up a few babysitting jobs and resumes have been picking up. I will continue to work at it though I'm not 100% confident in my big goal of paying off $20,000 this year. Hopefully a few more plans are in the works for improving that situation. Thankfully I still have 11/12ths of the year left!

Life has been swamped with mostly great things so I can't complain. However, blogging will probably remain sporadic and that's just how I'll roll. After all, my story is for me and the day blogging feels like a job is the day I quit.

Now go read how everyone else did on the link up! I'm sure there are so many impressive examples out there, even if mine isn't one. At least not this month!