Debt Reduction, Money Saving Strategies, Where My Money Goes

Day 7 … and holding

This was one of those mornings where I just wanted to say “to hell with not spending” and buy a soda. Or a pricy latte on my way to work. I was already having a bleh day by 8 a.m. (forgot French press coffee on the counter, went to the post office to retrieve wedding pictures to find out that the counter doesn’t open until 8:30 and left a burned mess of rice and lentils in the crockpot), and spending money seemed like a solution to making myself feel better. So I have now identified that spending is an emotional thing for me. 🙂 I guess that’s the good news.

But now I’m at work, sipping the coffee that is waiting every morning when I arrive. (It’s not my French press, but it’s free, it’s hot and it will wake me up.) And I won’t spend money today either.


Earlier this week, I found this interesting article from Slate magazine – How Cost Effective Is It to Make Pantry Staples from Scratch?

Some of the staples that were featured were yogurt, bread, cream cheese, crackers and bagels. The article then did a cost analysis of how the cost of ingredients equated with the cost of buying the staple in the store. This writer did not include the cost of the time spent making these staples because if you’re really going to take the time to try and make yogurt, you probably really like cooking and don’t mind hanging out in the kitchen.


On Wednesday I got gas for the Rattling Death Trap ($15.00) and redeemed my coupon for a free 20 oz. bottle of Diet Dr. Pepper. And even better? The gas station I frequent was having a special where they were trying to sell pizza, so I got a free slice of pizza out of the deal.

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4 thoughts on “Day 7 … and holding

  1. I can totally relate to your feelings of just wanting to get that soda or that coffee because you think THAT will make you feel better. I’m exactly the same way, and it’s just so hard to come to grips that $4 here, $2 there all add up to get us into the situation we are in now with mounds of debt. Love your post!

  2. Hey! I am still here! Thanks for the comment on my blog. I haven’t blogged in weeks! Our oldest is graduating and it has been SOOOO busy! However, I know blogging is my way out on this journey to becoming DEBT FREE….and I am still NOT BUYING ANYTHING…even though some days it is so hard!! Definitely an EMOTIONAL thing for me too! Glad I have someone to travel this journey with!! Take Care!


  3. We went to all cash spending and are almost done paying our CC debt. Our debt wasnt from lavish stupid spending. We started a business and we used the CC to help start it. That buiness closed and you can figure out the rest.
    Being on our financial diet is not alot of fun sometimes, but we still go out to eat once or twice a month MAX. Thats a treat to us…we dont buy new cars, etc..Gotta live it up a little- even if it means going through a Dunking Ds drive through for a coffee a few times a week.

  4. Hey guys – thanks for your comments. I’m still hanging in there although I’ve used some wedding money here and there for some home stuff. My pantry’s almost clean! 🙂

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