Oh, boy, have I failed at this experiment. The past two months have been a downward spending spiral. Which means that, starting next week, I have to recommit.
I think it might help to reestablish my needs list. It’s a core tenant of The Fast.
- student loan payments
- car payment
- cell phone bill
- Netflix & Hulu subscriptions
- 1 “luxury item” per week (bottle of wine, etc)
- a dress for my bridal shower
That’s pretty much it. I have basically no excuse to purchase anything else. Especially with a wedding coming up. Hopefully posting this, publicly, will help me stay on track.
The “luxury item” shouldn’t really be a need, but severe restrictions tend to lead to spending rebounds. If I have it in mind that I can buy one little thing to keep myself sane, like a takeout coffee or some wine, I think it will help me ease into financial bad-assery again.
I don’t want my in-the-moment depressive bouts to affect my future.
To the fast!