Monthly Archives: November 2017

Spending Fast Update #1

First week of spending fast has passed and it was pretty okay in terms of frivolous shopping. But I did eat out twice and ordered in once. This is due to Deo being on holiday for 9 days. Meaning, I have to cook for myself. The thing is, I don’t mind cooking. Not at all. Unless, it’s for myself. I haven’t been cooking for one for so long and suddenly it felt like it’s too much effort. So even though I still did cook (I made steak 3 times a week), I cooked less than I usually do.

Also something unusual that I had to spend my money on is I had to top up my transportation card since Deo and I went to an outlet village before he left for his holiday. So that’s €20 that I usually don’t spend often. And this week was one of my closest friend’s birthday so I had to chip in for a birthday gift for him.

Buuuut, I still managed to have 2 zero spending days last week! That would be Monday and Saturday. On Monday I just cooked pasta with some leftover sauce and on Saturday my friends bought some supplies which in return, I cooked for them. And a package arrived from Mango which I ordered last week and I immediately decided to return them. I really don’t need long camel coat for now. Do I want it? Yes, yes, and yes. But I probably don’t need it. Also when I took it out of the box I didn’t feel as excited as when I ordered it so back to the store it went.

So yes, that’s how my week in finance, basically. On another note, this is the first time that Deo went on holiday without me, not to mention it’s 9 freaking days! So for the past week I have been watching more tv than I have been in the last 10 years (we just got the tv hooked up to the cable). Also I experienced eating at a sushi restaurant alone (I enjoyed it), the server was so confused when I asked for a table for one.

And last week I finished another audiobook from Aziz Anzari called Modern Romance. Which I ‘bought’ with the free trial credit from Audible a year ago. Last year when I first tried listening to the book I felt like listening to a thesis report but I ended up enjoying it the second time around. I mostly listen when I walk from home to work (about 20 minutes, 40 in total).

That’s a wrap! I’ll report back next week :)

Spending Fast

I know it’s a bit premature to do new year resolutions post, but why wait if you’re trying to implement good habit?

So starting from last Monday (November 13th, 2017), I’m officially on a spending fast. This decision was sparked from listening to The Minimalists audiobook when I was in Lisbon last week. I admire how everything can be simplified so I’m going to start on my finance. My end date is my going to be April 7th, 2018 also known as my birthday! For someone who likes to read a lot of personal finance blogs, I’m quite terrible in terms of setting a rational budget. Therefore I’m going cold turkey.

Rules are pretty simple, I just can’t buy anything other than food. No clothes, no shoes, and no beauty products. Except when it’s a hygiene product. I’m sure nobody wants me around if I can’t brush my teeth just because I ran out of toothpaste and not wanting to repurchase due to this challenge.

To add onto the list of what I can’t buy is also stuff for the house. My apartment has been going through a major improvement for the past two months so I think I can live like this until the end of the spending fast.

However, I have another exception that I have to make. I know I know, I just started this challenge but I’m already ‘failing’. The one exception that I have to make is for my wedding bands. Deo and I are still on the lookout for our wedding bands for our wedding in March. So yea, one ring for me is allowed because I’m getting fucking married.

So there you go! I will make it my mission to update on my blog every week on how this challenge progressing. Wish me luck guys!