Tonight marks the end of our week-long fiscal fast! I'm happy to report that neither Gerry nor I feel like it was much of a struggle. We had plenty to eat, and were able to clear out a bunch of odds and ends from our freezer and pantry. When we finally ran out of bread this morning, Ger took care of that by making a loaf from scratch. I came home to house fragrant with the smell of fresh bread. This is a pretty cushy fiscal fast!
Because we were spending NO money at all, we had to seek alternatives a few times. I wanted to photocopy a few pages from a library book before returning it, but I settled for taking down a few notes instead. At one point, Gerry mentioned needing to buy some speaker wire, because we had rearranged the furniture a little, and the existing wire didn't quite reach. I felt a bit weird saying, "No, you can't buy speaker wire. Even when this week is over, we're not supposed to buy stuff," but Gerry took it well. I asked if maybe one wire was longer than the other, so they could be switched, and that turned out to be the case!
I almost slipped once, when I opened an author's e-newsletter I found in my mail. She has a few short stories available for download for 99 cents, and I found myself thinking, "Oh, that's cheap. Maybe I'll check them out." Then I realized I couldn't remember what the author had written, so chances are the short stories weren't going to be that memorable either. I won't miss them.
Really, though, as I said, our week without spending went by quickly and easily. I told Gerry I felt like I could go another week, but things are getting pretty lean for him in the meat department. We're also out of flour, and our fruit situation is dire, so I guess we'll be doing a little grocery shopping tomorrow.
Would you ever try a fiscal fast? Why or why not?