I'm trying not to be too hard on myself. I went that route the first year of this blog. That type of "motivation" does not work for me. I learned that when I focus on my failures I feel like a failure and I crumble. This leaves me feeling a bit torn right now. I want to recognize that I'm not doing great with my financial plan but I also want to recognize what I am doing well. Positive reinforcement seems to be what motivates me.
On the down side my average daily spending for 2013 is: $14.79
On the up side:
I have not been purchasing coffee shop coffee. I think I've finally broke this horrible habit/ addiction.
Outside of the $12 a day budget expenses for my son are going down; he's no longer drinking formula.
I'm learning to shop less with the NO SPEND challenge and it's helping me to spend less too.
I've been bringing food to work with me pretty regularly.
We've been eating out MUCH much less.
Although my husband hasn't changed his spending habits much he does seem to be more understanding of my frugal decisions. This is a HUGE step in the right direction.
I'm up to 19 NO SPEND days this year.
I'm growing, moving forward, baby stepping my way up; I am winning!
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson