The past two weeks were hard for me to stay focused. I was soaking in the rays of summer, grateful of the sunshine that we hardly see here in the Midwest. Then a day or two brought chillier weather and clouds. I was extremely annoyed. I wasn’t ready for the warmth and the tan I’d been working on diligently to be gone and I let it be known whenever I had the chance. The weather is a hot topic up here, so I had lots of chances.
However, after that short cold spell, the days got back up to 80 and 90 degrees. I should have been relieved, but NO! As quickly as those days had gone, I was in full on Fall mode. Now I want sweater weather and overcast. It didn’t help that I received the IKEA catalog in the mail. They are so good at making me want to buy a lifestyle. I don’t have that with any other products, but IKEA gets me, they really get me. The coziness and warmth and gathering they portray in their catalogs…it’s terrible but also absolutely for the best that the nearest one is hours away.
That all combined with me making multiple trips to Home Goods and Hobby Lobby. My indecision really benefited me though. I wanted to buy everything and so I bought nothing. Well almost nothing. I bought a 4 pk of new cotton kitchen towels from Target for $4. Success? Maybe. A little sad? Definitely.
BUT, although I didn’t buy anything from the stores in town, I did order online from my above-mentioned weakness. We had table I got used from Facebook and I loved having it, but the legs were metal and rusted, and actually pretty nasty. So, I sold it on Facebook and got my money back. But I missed the table and bought a new one from IKEA. I mean, how else am I going to host dinners this fall without a table to hold my wooden cutting boards full of cheese, olives, and sliced homemade bread?! That’s what I thought.
I had a little over $100 dollars in my checking account that I used to buy the table and two folding chairs. Shipping was only $9 which was probably the deciding factor in going through with it. Spending 50+ dollars on delivery would have been a deal breaker.
While I was in my paycheck spending limits, I didn’t account for any home spending or big purchases like a new table and chairs. I obviously don’t want to spend outside of my budget, but I have no regrets as I am very happy I bought it and cannot wait for it to arrive. That’s how I know money is well spent. When it meets my needs and/or makes me happy. Spending money should not be associated with guilt. If it is, some internal analyzing probably needs to take place.
Without further ado, my budget vs. actual spending is below.
Update on my plasma donating:
I am not going to do it anymore.
Update on plasma money spending:
Received $80 this pay period
Spent $50 on food with a friend
$100 remains on the card to do with as I please!