The concept behind this post is from Ruth at Living Well Spending Less. Please visit her blog for the details!
I think it’s safe to say that our first no spend week for the month has been an exercise in frustration. I’m not sure how or where the confusion came in about our new healthcare benefits, but it seems they already started taking money out for health insurance. That change alone has thrown our budget off by over $300.00 for the month. So far, it doesn’t look like we’re going to hit the goal to pay off 6 bills. I’m annoyed.
The second factor that I am really struggling with is not smoking. If I am going to be completely honest with myself, I think I am going to have to ration myself back down to a lower number of cigarettes through the month and try to officially quit over Memorial Day weekend when I am off of work for 3 days and have little to no responsibility in the outside world. I tend to become very short-tempered when I quit smoking. My husband becomes very “I must correct everything you say” and I respond with a “Shut the hell up or I’ll rip your head off and shove it…” well, you get the point. I’m NOT nice when I go through withdrawals. I am promising myself right here and now, and to everyone in blog land, when I get this nicotine out of my system I am NEVER putting myself through this again. It’s hell.
It actually only takes 3-5 days of not smoking to get nicotine out of your system. Once you’re past those days, it’s actually all just breaking the habit. The last time I quit (cold turkey for over 8 months straight) I remember getting really frustrated and annoyed because I started asserting myself more and giving people in my life boundaries. There were A LOT of people at the time who were really doing some inappropriate things, and when I said NO, I was told I was just being cranky because I wasn’t smoking. We’re talking months down the road here, and not a day or two into it. I always found it funny that someone else’s bad behavior was somehow excused by my broken addiction, but I won’t allow that again this time.
Onto the positive stuff so far, I made homemade hummus for the first time and from scratch. Our blender died, but we had a Magic Bullet in the house, so while it took forever to run 4 cups of Chickpeas through it, we finally got it all finished up. I’m excited to take it to work and have a co-worker who has never had it before give it a try. I tested a bit, but added A LOT more garlic to the recipe and decided to let it rest and see if it gets better. Unfortunately, it was a little bland to me. We’ll see!
I was able to do our big stockpile grocery shopping and we’ve been excellent at packing lunches and not spending any other money outside of the home so far! I was also able to pay off one more of our smaller medical bills and that check has already cleared the bank! WOOHOO!
We’ve done really well so far with the challenge this week. It’s been pretty great actually and very liberating to easily have a reason to say NO when it comes to spending! One week down, three to go!