I should change this blog’s name to Lein’s Spending Life instead after the weekend I had. It started out very well, and ended horribly! It is not even the middle of the month yet, and I am broke. I only have money left for a little bit of petrol and this month’s boot camp fee.
I think the reason that I spent so much money is because I was mentally not in a good place last week. I worked 9 hours overtime in total the week to meet deadlines so got home late and exhausted each evening. I also wasn’t able to attend the boot camp classes which usually helps lift my spirits. So I left home in the dark and came home in the dark, skipped dinner and went straight to bed Monday to Friday. I also bought lunches twice during the week since I didn’t make time to pack any for work.
On Saturday I woke up late, watched a bit of Netflix then went to the mall to collect my new debit card (I still had a card with only a magstripe and switched it to a chip card – better security). Proud to say that I only went into the bank and left the mall immediately after. Then I took my car to a car wash since it was so filthy after working at a game lodge with dirt roads for three weeks (spent R100). Afterwards I came home and relaxed at home with my boyfriend and family.
On Sunday we decided to go for a movie. My boyfriend paid for the movie and I paid for the popcorn and soda (R120). Which is fine, I did plan to spend some money this weekend for fun but I should have stopped spending then. Nothing else was needed.
While waiting for the movie we decided to browse the shops. First we went into the make-up store and I bought face powder (R150) and then we went into the music shop and I bought the new CD of the Parlotones (180). Now, I am obsessed with make up and the Parlotones, but I spent money on wants and not needs and did not think it through, I just mindlessly spent money.
One thing I can say is that I did not use my credit card! And I refuse to use it at all this month. The only way that I will be able not to use it is if I don’t spend any more. So for the rest of the month I will not spend a single cent more. I will just have to plan my time better to be able to pack lunches for work and read and relax at home so I don’t have to spend any money.
One thing that I am so excited for is that I am on holiday this week! I am leaving with my parents this afternoon and we will be spending the week at Mabula, a luxurious game lodge for a little R&R!
That will use up a bit of the month and then when I get back on Friday, I only have 2 weeks left of no-spending until payday.
I will use this time to find activities that does not require any spending, since I want to live abundantly and not just live for payday. Any tips?