Best Starbucks Ever

25 Jan

I mentioned in one of my recent posts that I did not have much blow money for the two weeks until I got paid. I had $20 spending money. I don’t know that I have ever spent less than $20 in a two week period. I was almost terrified of what the two weeks would look like.

My financial accountability partner told me that if I made it two weeks without spending more than $20 she would buy me a cup of Starbucks. What a great motivating factor! I think it’s appropriate now to say how thankful I am for her. She has been absolutely fantastic through this process and so supportive, even when I was unreceptive (and maybe even a little rude) during our financial discussions.

But the larger motivating factor was for me to walk away from the two week period without spending more than $20. Last time I got paid, I was able to put a small amount of money back in my savings because I had refrained from spending it. I was so excited that I was able to keep that money! I wanted that feeling again.

I set a goal to have money left over. $5 was the amount I had in mind. I didn’t quite make it. I had $8 instead! By the way, a friend of mine paid for my lunch last Friday. I would have spent almost $8 on lunch if she hadn’t done that. Thanks, Kimberly!!!

20130125-085818.jpg I have to tell you…that was the best cup of Starbucks I’ve ever had. I even stepped it up and got a white chocolate mocha! Sure, it was free! But it was the accomplishment that led to the coffee that made it extra tasty! Now, I find myself wondering if I could do this for a year. If I trimmed my spending down for 12 months, I could have all my debts paid off except my student loans. 12 months isn’t that bad, and think about how good that cup of coffee will taste if I make it!

I’m not sure if I will try to do this or not. But if I decide to do this, I need to make sure I focus on each pay day, and not the daunting task of living on $20 blow money for the next year. One day at a time, right?!?!

What are some ways I can live on $40 a month blow money? Share your thoughts below!


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