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Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:23 pm
by JenAR
@ZAFCorrection

Ah, that makes sense. Good to know.

Spending log

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 3:59 pm
by JenAR
$9 ice cream

Dang it! I didn’t even think about no-spend August until I was signing the receipt. Yesterday I bought ice cream for my partner and me during our walk along the river on our twice-a-month trip into town to shop for the community. Whoops!

I am somewhat comforted by the fact that my last purchase was on the 26th of July, so I did go more than a month without spending anything—it just wasn’t the calendar month of August. Still, I am a little annoyed with myself for my absentmindedness.

Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 1:41 pm
by classical_Liberal
If you could have waited until today for ice cream... :roll:

Still a good effort, congrats!

Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:10 pm
by sky
Ice cream, totally worth it

Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:46 pm
by JenAR
I know, so silly!

I am thinking about trying again in September. We might have to put gas in the truck this month, though. Plus I am dying for an ebook. But I hate to reward myself for not following through (well, except with ice cream)—no-spend September it is! I will figure out the truck issue.

Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:10 pm
by JenAR
No-spend September is a go so far.

Canned fifty quarts of jam today, tired. Need to plant saffron this weekend and put our house back together now that the earthen floors are sealed and dry.

Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:04 am
by 7Wannabe5
What fun you have!

Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:13 am
by JenAR
My life is pretty great!

Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:00 pm
by JenAR
I want to buy an ebook so badly. Halfway through no-spend September and holding out so far, but I keep torturing myself with Kindle samples.

Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:44 pm
by Western Red Cedar
If you have a local library card you should be able to check out ebooks for free from the county/city library. I use something called the libby app. You have to wait for certain books, and they don't have everything, but the price is right. Good work on the no-spend September!

Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:09 am
by ertyu
https://www.netgalley.com/ here you can read books for free before they are published in exchange for a review.

Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:13 pm
by classical_Liberal
JenAR wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:00 pm
I want to buy an ebook so badly. Halfway through no-spend September and holding out so far, but I keep torturing myself with Kindle samples.
Jesus JenAR! You spent $10 on icecream less than three weeks ago! Get it together and make it happen!

For reference, I've probably spent about $600 on rent, food, a new (to me) bike and entertainment since then. :oops:

But this is about you and setting some frigg'en no spend records! Come on, you got this... right?

Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:20 pm
by JenAR
Ha! “In nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in.”

Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:20 pm
by JenAR
I taught myself to use a sewing machine yesterday, and today knocked out half of my mending, which has been accumulating for over a year. Exciting! I do not find it as pleasant as hand sewing, and don’t have good control over it yet, but it’s so FAST.

No-spend September still on track.

Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:49 pm
by mooretrees
Keep going on the no-spend! Hopefully you can stave off the ice cream + books craving just a bit longer. Good luck!

Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:14 am
by JenAR
The craving has abated! No-spend is a go.

Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:52 pm
by JenAR
I just got accepted to a 10-day Vipassana meditation course in November. It will be my second such course. The courses (including food and accommodation) are free, and donations are accepted only from students who have completed a course and benefited from the practice. I found my first course so valuable that I donated $500 afterward, several months’ expenses for me. Meditation helps me eschew instant gratification, which is very helpful for ERE. I am currently making my partner a meditation cushion with my new sewing machine skills and some scraps of fabric from the community “free shelf,” so he doesn’t have to use a wadded up throw pillow anymore. I have also started cutting pieces for a quilt from free shelf fabric—I am going to attempt making the quilt without spending any money whatsoever. The templates I am using were purchased for me by my mom, the cutting mat borrowed from a friend, and the rotary cutter acquired with Amazon points. I am only using natural fabrics and threads, which will make it more challenging, but not impossible.

Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:01 pm
by RoamingFrancis
AAAAHHHHHHH I took a Vipassana course in that same tradition two years ago and it changed my life. I love to geek out about it literally whenever I can!!! Good luck on your course, wishing you the best!

Re: Renewed motivation to push for financial independence

Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:18 am
by classical_Liberal
JenAR wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:14 am
The craving has abated! No-spend is a go.
I never doubted you... well... almost never.

To the finish line!

No money spent in September!

Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:39 am
by JenAR
No-spend September was a success!

Spending since I’ve started tracking it:

July: $322.32+ (I started tracking mid-month, so only have a partial accounting; this was the month of the big meet the parents wedding road trip, very spendy)
August: $9
September $0