Think there isn't much to say about not spending money? Au contraire.
We are on day three of the Fiscal Fast, and I have lots to share! As advised by the Ultimate Cheapskate himself, Jeff Yeager, my husband and I have taken some time each night to reflect on our days without spending. Ger's reaction so far? "It's been pretty easy." Here are some details:
Day One: Right out of the gate, we both screwed up. Gerry walked into the house that night carrying a bundle of shirts from the laundry. I was hoping they'd been in his car and he just hadn't brought them inside, but that wasn't the case. "Did you pay MONEY for those?" I asked. Yep. After taking pains to pack a lunch, make his morning coffee at home, and tote along a reusable water bottle, Ger picked up his shirts without giving it a second thought. But that's okay, because we can learn from that. That's money we've been spending without giving it a second thought. For my part, I made a donation that was important to me. It was an exception that had to be made.
Day Two: Yesterday, we were determined to get back on track. I talked to my mom and told her about the FF, and she responded with a shocked, "How can you not spend any money for a WEEK? What if you need BREAD?" I kid you not, her mind went immediately to bread. I assured her we would survive this famine by eating English muffins from the freezer and, if I was lucky, Ger's homemade bread. Thus calmed, she went on to ask me to pick up three yards of scotty dog flannel at JoAnn's. I must have hesitated just a bit too long, because she then said, "You can do that. I'll pay you back." Okay, I can't say no to my mother.
Later on Day Two I came to the sudden realization that mom was right to be worried about BREAD. Yes, we could just bake a loaf or whip up some biscuits...if our oven wasn't broken. It died on Sunday night while heating up Super Bowl snacks, and I guess in all the excitement we forgot that little detail. The good news is that the stove is still under warranty. The bad news is that we ordinarily eat a lot of bread. Tonight we had pancakes. The next hurdle is going to be cheese. I am getting very low on cheese.
Day Three: Like a good daughter, I ventured into JoAnn's to look for my mom's flannel. Like a bad Fiscal Faster, I took along a coupon which could not be used on the flannel. Ahem. Just what did I think I was doing? Buying something? But...but...it was good for $5 off any regularly priced item of $5 or more! I could get something for FREE! Did I do it? No. I was good. I reminded myself of all the stuff I have at home already--the very same stuff I'm STILL trying to get organized--and walked out without buying a thing for myself. Yay, me!