On February 20th, J Money at Budgets Are Sexy decided to put himself on a shopping ban for Lent (February 18 through April 2). He’s hardcore. I am participating too, but my personal terms will be slightly different.
March 2015 Shopping Ban
- No extraneous spending in March 2015. This is just concentrating on March 1st through 31st.
- J Money is allowing himself to spend on “Only bills, mortgages, healthcare, utilities, rent and groceries.” My definition will also include all food, not just groceries. BUT, I have to choose cheaper options than usual if I am eating out with friends or family for a pre-planned meal out, and I can’t stop for unnecessary snacks or extras like $1 drinks from McDonald’s. This isn’t an exercise in self-denial for me. I want to make sure I am still capable of conscious spending.
- I was going to donate $1 to SMART Animal Rescue every time I spend/splurge unnecessarily, BUT, you’ll get to pick the charity. Just leave a comment below with what charity you think should get the cash. I’ll donate the Oopsie Pot to whichever charity gets the most comments for them (one comment per person, please).
- I’m not going to simply put off buying something until April 1st. This is about consciously making the choice not to spend, not just delaying it. I know me, I can cheat on myself, so this is how I will ensure I don’t. If I buy something in April that I consciously chose to avoid in March, then I will donate another $1 even if I already sent the pot somewhere.
Update So Far
I already owe $2 to the Oopsie Pot. Yep, two unnecessary expenses on the first day.
First, I used a buy-one-get-one-free coupon to buy Egg McMuffins for Mr. BFS and myself yesteday. I could have eaten at home, but I motivated myself to wake up much earlier than normal by promising myself the McMuffin. So, there’s $1 to charity.
Secondly, I accompanied two of my friends, Mandy and Dee, shopping yesterday for new work clothes for Mandy. I ended up finding one of those perfect pairs of butt jeans at Goodwill that I didn’t want to pass up. Especially right this second since I was down to 2 pairs of basic jeans and 1 pair of pet sitting jeans that are stained. I spent $9…well, now $10 overall, lol.
Remember to comment below with the charity that should get my Oopsie Pot at the end of March 31st. You can be motivational and funny by picking a charity you think I would hate. Or you can choose your favorite charity. Maybe you can do both, hehe. Whatever you wish! Comment below! I’ll lock in the winner of the pot on March 15th and send the total to that charity by April 3rd. Thanks!