I fell off the wagon. Every time I don’t work, I’m super disciplined. I budget, use coupons, make meals, rent books and movies from the library, and walk instead of drive. The last couple of months, the Fiance and I have worked long hours. We don’t mind working long hours. In fact, we think this is the best time for us to work long hours. We don’t have kids yet. But all work and no play…well you know…so in order to relieve some stress and reward ourselves every now and then, we splurged. And boy, did we! Looking at our expenses just in the last month, we both realized that we really took our splurging to another level. We started to eat out for practically every meal — lunches and dinners. We did use a couple of coupons, but they were for fast food joints so we’ve been disastrous with our diets too! I bought a book for my book club, and although we have NetFlix (the cheapest $5/month account), we spent the entire 4th of July weekend renting movies from Pay-Per-View at $4.99 each! We rented three movies, so that’s $15 on top of the NetFlix account. Sooo NOT in the budget for this month. We also drove everywhere, and I took my car in for a service that ended up costing me close to $1000!!! Wowzers!!! When I make money, I sure do spend it fast. I might even have spent more than I saved. Not good, especially when we’re trying to save for a wedding. So, I just wrapped up a show.
(SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT!!! Insanely Pampered Hollywood Dogs airs tonight on E! Check your local listings, but it should be either at 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m.)
Hopefully, this means from now until the next gig, I will go back to tightening the proverbial belt. It’s like a diet, right? Eat better, exercise more, feel better. Stick to the budget, save more, feel better.
(And if I do both right, tightening the belt won’t be so difficult.)