Day 1: Breaking Bonds
Today is the first day of my financial fast. I read a column in the Washington Post by Michelle Singletary. It’s a great column, always full of financial advise. Recently, a few people I know decided to read her book, The Power to Prosper, 21 days to financial freedom. I soooo need financial freedom. I am tried of robbing Peter to pay Paul. Peter is BROKE!!!
So for the next 21 days, I will be on a “spending diet”. No shopping for anything but necessities. I will not use a credit card and I will severely limit the use of my debit card. I will mainly use cash for purchases during this fast. I can only buy essentials. My biggest problem I think will be deciding what is “essential.” For instance, is my hair essential? I am planning on locking my hair this month. I have been planning this for some time. I am going for my consultation this week, and hopefully will actually do the deed in the next two weeks. Is that essential? I think so, because I have been walking around here with a scarf on my head most of the time. My hair is a hot mess. It is sooooo not me. Life cannot continue that way. And what about gifts? Father’s Day is coming. It’s C-Dub’s first father’s day. I already have the money set aside for his gift. Is this essential?? Lots of questions!
My first test will be tonight at work. I am so used to going to work, eating dinner there, a snack or two, getting a Sprite and maybe ordering carry out in the middle of the night. Yikes. That’s at least $6-$15 everytime I go to work.
Ok. Here we go.