Here's the goal: Can I manage not to spend too much money this month? I want more of my own financial cushion for when I really need to spend. I'm not broke, but money is on the way to being tight, at least tighter than I'd like, and while I work to get more hours of work, I'll do my best to pretend that I have far less money than I actually have.
I've done this before. Back in 2009, during my 25 weeks (yes, again, I kept close track) at the DSCJ, which is how I think I'll refer to the Dog Show Company Job from now on+, I was earning my lowest wage in a decade, and I stripped down my expenses like spending had already gone out of style. Worked wonders for my book collection, because I read enormous numbers of books that I'd held onto for years and was then OK with letting go of a lot of them, via either selling them to Powell's (more money!) or donating them to Goodwill so they could be on other shelves than mine. Didn't do much traveling that year, because that's expensive. My big trip last year was paid for by someone else, which helped much.
Now, among other things, I have potential upcoming trips that I want to do, as well as tech stuff I want to get. OK; start saving for that. (I'll add that it's stuff I want to get, by myself, not be given as gifts.)
Which is one reason why today I spent the thirty cents needed to upgrade to a three-zone TriMet pass so I could ride out farther on buses and light rail than I usually do. Heck, if I keep it to two-zone trips, which covers most of where I'm likely to go anyway, I could do that all day and not spend extra. I rode, and read, and walked around some places I don't normally walk around, and that was much of my entertainment this afternoon. Now I'm home, using a computer and internet access that I've already paid for.
Let's be careful, wallet. I know you like getting fed, too.
+ And no, "The Dog Show Company Job" should NEVER be an episode of Leverage!