September has been really busy at the hospital and is showing no signs of slowing down. I have been picking up some extra shifts so my check has been changing slightly. Terrance had a review at work and received a raise! What to do with the extra cash? Previously we would have ‘treated’ ourselves for our hard work by spending our money. Buying ourselves something we wanted but definitely didn’t need, bigger TV anyone? We also tend to treat ourselves for any goal we reach. Just a couple weeks ago we set the goal of no eating out for a week, when we made it, we were going to treat ourselves to eating out for our hard work and we were being lazy. What?! Now with the help of this process we have become so much more aware of our habits. It’s not easy to be self-aware, accept it, and ultimately act on it.
I, Moriah, have come to realize that I like to shop. Shopping for our home or a project I found on Pinterest that I just know I can replicate. Part of the reason I never thought it was a problem for myself was because I was always shopping for a deal. I love garage sales, second-hand stores and occasionally even treasures in other’s trash. Then I would need go to the hardware store and buy supplies, paint, fasteners, what have you. Everything starts to add up. Ultimately my home projects are cheaper than the alternative of brand new BUT I still was spending money that I never budgeted for.
I will ALWAYS have another project that I want to try or a project I’m halfway through. Now I try to plan it a little better. I am trying to finish one project before starting another one. Also planning before I start. I like to fly by the seat of my pants and make up changes as I go along, so planning can go a long way in saving money.
My lesson, don’t give up doing what you love just plan a little better.