I have put my cards on ice. My debit and credit cards. It is not a slab in the freezer that you are thinking of, but please don't feel bad as it was my first choice; but all I could picture was me twitching and sweating with anxiety, sneaking downstairs in the middle of the night and smashing the block of ice on my kitchen floor. Nope, I have given my cards over to my husband. Which actually thought out, aside from cutting them up into unrecognizable plastic bits this is the safest measure I could possibly take.
This is my spending detox, which will lead me into a month of forced but FUN frugality. A test I have set up for myself in my #40before40 quest. And why a spending detox you ask? Well the problem is this, I have stopped seeing the value of a dollar, I have become so accustomed to just tapping inserting or swiping that I literally forget I purchased something. It is a bit of a problem. A totally fixable one, and maybe relatable?
Another shocker I discovered was when tracing my spending habits, I found that I had spent a certain amount of money everyday, EVERY SINGLE DAY, whether it was a coffee and cookie or three stuffed pug door stops (yes really). This is crazy, and because I have been living off a lot of credit over the winter months these three harmless pug door stops are going to be a vicious guard dog reminder for a bit.
Only on week one and it has been a bit of a failure. On day two, I donated $50.00 to a great cause Pay Pal made it so simple to find a work around to spend my money without plastic and I was emotionally looking to find something to fix or help.
I had a day trip to Toronto, which was amazing and I consciously took transit instead of driving and parking, and went to Kensington Market for dinner, which is hip but great for a budget! We ate at El Trompo, which came highly recommended and serves up authentic mexican fare. I ate Guacamole and chips, delicious tacos and a strawberry margarita and my bill was $21.00 plus tip.
But I also bought a dress at a vintage shop. IT HAS DINO's ON IT! for $49.99. Two coffees $6.00 the view alone was worth that , we saw a man in a dinosaur suit walking a dog with a tutu. And the beautiful creation above from Wafels and More, I think it was around $8.00. Girls just wanna have fun! Right?!
Fathers Day also happened this week and I treated my dad to lunch and a Tim Horton's gift card.
So I have decided to erase this week and try again, we only have control over the moment at hand. So I will let you know how this week goes in my quest to get rid of this impulse to spend money.
Until Then, send me your advise! I am going to need all the help I can get. Luv K8e