Less than an hour after I posted my week one update on the cash-only diet, I received an email from a friend with a 40% coupon code for a shoe manufacturer I’ve been known to give my money to. Talk about temptation! I didn’t really need shoes — I mean, no one needs them. But I did want to replace a pair of cheap shoes I purchased the year before that I wore a handful of times before they proved to be worth every penny I didn’t pay for them.
I browsed, clicked and played around in the chopping cart for a bit. But in the end, I resisted. I was pleased with myself for living up (down?) to my limitations the previous week, and I wanted to continue to stand proud. Plus, I was venturing off to New England that evening to visit a friend so I knew I would be indulging my shopping interests more than I ever do alone. (And I did!! I replaced my shoes with a much better pair that were on sale and have already stayed lasted longer than the last ones.)
I like to be able to allow myself to indulge when I visit K. Since we see each other only three or four times a year, it would be wrong to limit ourselves. After all, all we really ever spend money on is vodka and food — and this time was no different.
I finished off week two’s cash Monday afternoon during my weekly trip to TJ’s to stock up on lunch. I spend the full amount this time, but considering that included a weekend away, a magazine subscription and a pair of shoes, I’d say ‘not too shabby.’
And I’m on point for week three. This is continuing to be harder and easier than I expected. The hardest part is avoiding online purchases, which is how I’ve done most of my shopping since, well, since online shopping existed.
Now if I could only find the discipline to train for this damn Mud Run my butt might follow suit of my wallet!!