Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.I love Thoreau. Simplify, simplify! Good advice.
-Henry David Thoreau
I finally bought the dog food so my average spending is up a bit but I didn't buy the rug I had placed in my cart and started to walk to check out with.
Today I threw away our old rug at the entry way. I really liked it. We'd had it for a long time but the backing on it was falling apart (just shredded really) and baby Abe had gotten one piece of it in his mouth the other day. I knew it was time to wish it farewell. But I really want a rug at the entry way to keep some dirt and water from getting tracked in and also to cover the cord my husband has running around the living room for the surround sound. I saw one at the store that I decided I needed. I placed it in the cart and was totally intent on going over budget to get that rug. As I carted it around I realized that this one purchase might put us into overdraft (it would have). I transferred money from savings to cover the Mortgage but I didn't give us a cushion. I only transferred what was needed. That rug was not "needed."
I do intend to replace the entryway rug, eventually. But today I'm happy that patience won out over impulse. I imagine we can live without that rug until we can afford another one. Little steps. Little victories. This year is going well!
Average daily spending so far: $13.35
Off to make dinner; Spaghetti. I can't ruin that one.