Day 164 of $12 a day. We've paid off $2170 of credit card debt this year.
It's the third day in a row that I've spent less than $12. Today's groceries and toilet paper purchase total $8.92. I've $36.40 left for the next 4 days if I want to meet my $68.09 spending challenge for the week. I think I've got this!
I believe that a big part of responsible spending involves taking responsibly for the stuff that one has already acquired. You're less likely to "need" a random item if you're totally conscious of the time, money, space, and energy that the new item will absorb. Last year I bought 57 things* and I attempted to get rid of 365 things that were just taking us space in my life. So far this year I've bought 22 things but I sort of abandoned the idea of being totally conscious of what surrounds me, what the purpose is of the stuff, and do I need it in my life. I think I'm ready to start taking control of my home again. I'm going to get rid of 14 things this week that have no purpose in my life, things that are just taking up space and collecting dust. I grew up with a semi hoarder and this is important to me. My husband and I have been married for only 8 years and our house is already pretty much full (not in a creepy piled up messy sort of way... but we've WAY too much stuff for two people).
I wrote several blogs about this endevour last year. Here's one I rather like (possibly just because I enjoy the title).
*My classification of a "thing" is any non-food item apart from cleaning supplies and toiletry items. I do include gifts for other people in this "thing" category.