My goals were:
- Avoid frivolous/non-essential/impulse spending.
- Don't eat out or order take-out, with exceptions for a weekend spent traveling and a date night to see Black Panther.
- Post updates here.
- Sort through old collectibles and clothes for sale or donation, in order to clear out some space in my office and closet.
I did very well on goal one - the only "non-essential" item I bought all month was the Disney's Robin Hood themed shirt-of-the-month from Jordandene, since it was a design I was hoping for, with limited availability.
My credit card does have more on it this month than I was planning on when I set out at the start of No-Spend February. This is because Sideshow shipped the Hoth Leia Hot Toys figure I preordered last year AND I bought our Disney World tickets before the annual price increase (on February 11th this year). But I'm shrugging that off because it was something I had already budgeted for and neither purchase was an impulse - that was my real goal this month, to curb the little $10-$30 purchases I was developing a habit of making throughout the holiday season. And I succeeded in doing that.
I chose this goal for health and financial reasons. We sometimes have a month or two where we eat way too much fast food or take-out. The cost adds up, but it is also difficult to fit that into my calorie goals. I lost 15% of my high bodyweight in 2016, and I maintained that loss through 2017. Now I am ready to finish my weight loss and get down to my goal weight, and that'll be easier if I am cooking at home. This goal helped get me in the groove of calorie counting and cooking at home again.
We did have our date night - Black Panther (#WakandaForever!) and burgers! And we had a couple nights at the end of the month where we made room for pizza and some fast food.
I did post a couple of updates, but by the end of the third week it was like "yeah, didn't buy anything, didn't even visit a store this week..." It felt kind of silly to post about that, so I just saved last week's post and rolled it into this recap.
I didn't do this. At all. I had some writing deadlines, quizzes to write, the first exam for the class I'm teaching, and I started running again in the evenings... The one weekend I had time, I spent it on the couch watching K-dramas because I was so tired! (excuses, excuses)
Now that my Hoth Leia Hot Toy is here, I really do need to sort, reorganize, and donate stuff from my home office because I don't have a space for her! The university has spring break soon, so I'll take a day or two during that week and knock this one out.
Now that the month is over, I'm going to continue with goals 1 and 2 - avoiding little purchases that add up too fast, and not relying on take-out when I'm exhausted and don't want to cook. I will also take some time to work on goal 4 and reduce the amount of clutter in my house.
Also - I have been tracking how I spend my free time in the evenings. In February it was almost entirely spent watching TV. Not good! I want to read more, make some crafts, and play more games. For March I am challenging myself to spend three evenings each week doing something other than laying on the couch, zoning out to whatever's on TV until I can reasonably go to bed.
I really like this exercise as a low stakes way to adjust a habit. I will probably use it again in the future if I find myself eating too much take-out or slacking with my running.
Thank you, Barb, for suggesting No-Spend February!