It’s November 11th, 2016. A day that is an important date in history for three reasons: Veterans Day, Remembrance Day, and the end of my second week of No Spend November.
So far, I’d say it’s going merely ok. I haven’t done the best job, but I also didn’t drive to the outlet mall an hour away and max out my credit card. You win some, you lose some.
I’ve had some unexpected expenses pop up that I wasn’t accounting for. I got word my interview was finally scheduled.… and then I realized my professional wardrobe was lacking. So I did have to go to the mall (and had an allergic reaction to the blatant consumerism seeping into every square foot), but I made sure to hit up the cheaper stores. I ended up getting a blazer, a shirt, and shoes for less than $200. Impressive, considering the sticker prices were $270 before sales and coupons.
If I hadn’t been doing this No Spend November month, my spending would be a LOT higher. There have been several days where I wanted to buy breakfast at work, but made it at home instead. Same thing with lunch. I’d estimate I haven’t spent about $25 because of this. It doesn’t sound like much, but that would be about $50 per month or $600 per year I’m not spending on food at work. It all adds up!
|Date & Amount||Comments|
|3‑Nov-16 $355.42||Rent, Internet payment, and lunch.|
|5‑Nov-16 $17.64||Movie and coffee social|
|7‑Nov-16 $187.30||Interview outfit|
|9‑Nov-16 $44.51||Gas, lunch, and happy hour|
Looking ahead to the next two weeks, I will be spending quite a bit. I have a whopping rent bill due, two movies to see, a video game to buy, groceries to buy, and driving for Thanksgiving to do. I probably won’t hit my $2500 goal simply because my rent payment is bigger than I thought. (Thanks, apartment vultures.)
All of this also assumes I’m not moving this month. If I do end up getting this position, I will be moving in a hurry. This means finding a new place to live, a deposit for it, moving expenses, extra food costs, lots of driving, and cleaning fees for the current place. It will get pricey fast, especially since it’s so last minute, but thankfully I should get money from my company to help lessen the impact on my budget.
I did have my interview yesterday. I think it went really well! Everyone at work was very impressed by my professional look, so buying that blazer was totally worth it. I will know by the end of next week (the 18th of Nov) if I’ve got the job.
Are you doing No Spend November? How is it going for you?