Day 5 of cash-only diet and a guest post

Posted on Mar 5 2013 - 8:25pm by Markell

Well, I made it through the weekend with out using any plastic (from my wallet that is). I have to say that it’s hard. I am so used to whipping out those cards whenever I reach the front of the lines without really thinking much about how much I’m spending. It is really nice to not have that “I spent too much” guilty feeling at the end of the day. Of course, it helps that I didn’t leave the house Saturday and I don’t ever spend money on Sunday (except for paying tithing). It’s amazing how much temptation goes away when you take yourself away from the temptation… (I’m sensing a blog post about that…)

So, because I can only talk about me not spending money for so long, I have asked a friend to put in her two cents about the whole money thing. Felica is a really good friend I had in high school. I recently wrote a post for her blog, Always, Felica, which you can check out here. She talks all about our friendship and then I wrote a little about how I got through my second pregnancy while also taking care of a brand new baby. I won’t go into much detail about it, you can read it for yourself!

One thing I love about money is all the different ways that people can manage it. There are so many different points of view and strategies on how to spend it/not spend it/save it/what have you. I thought it would be neat to try and get a few of these different points of view and add them to this list of money related blog posts for the month. I love all view points. For instance, I am a strong proponent of the stay-at-home-mom gig, but I know that not everyone feels that same way. I also believe that plastic (in card form) is evil, but I’ll still be your friend if you use it now and again (because I might be guilty of that at times, too!) Anyway, the point is that I love to hear different ideas and feelings about money. I don’t know if there is any other object that can elicit so much emotion from people. That being said, if you wish to write a blog post for this theme, please let me know! I’ll review it and let you know if I think it would be a good fit for the 30 day cash only challenge. And as you will see from this post, it doesn’t have to be strictly about only using cash. I just want to hear what you think!

So, here is what Felica thinks! 

i am so stoked to be featured on mrs corpus’ blog today. she is a long time friend, you can read about our sisterhood here. i would be even more stoked if i were a little more versed on the subject.
we are chattin about cash. 
budgets (yuck that’s the word i hate)
i had a pretty young start at this “money management” business as i moved out when i was 17. but i will admit, it is all luck. the confusion tornado that surrounds finances makes me cringe; as well as the echoing statement that it “destroys most marriages”. that’s comforting. so here is my take on money, an obviously uneducated but totally feeling based take.
first, always talk openly about where and how you spend. this can be scary because men could live off of pizza pockets and an Xbox live membership. but you can’t be afraid to tell him about that facial you r e a l l y needed or that girls lunch that saved a distraught friend. he will understand, after all that’s why you married him right? 
second. try to set some sort of budget (ugh. that word again, lets call it a money plan). that way even if you come close you feel accomplished. and you will learn the importance of the little things (nights out, new shirts). once upon a time my sugar daddy and i attempted a little money plan called the spending diet. we lasted about as long as our real diets do but you can read about the simple and rad concept here
third. work. this one i strongly believe in; i truly believe that there is someway that everyone can make a little cash to pad the family account. staying at home and caring for your kids is amazing + from what i hear ALL that it is cracked up to be, but if you need, you are w o m a n. you are strong, smart and guess what; you have some marketable skill that can earn you that croissant from the local cafe (chocolate ones are best)
if you are really trying to crack down there are tons of amazing resources that can teach you all about the world of money. here is one of my favorites, good luck everyone!

For more about the cash-only challenge, click here!

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I’m looking for more guest posts on this topic, so if you’d like to be featured on my blog, contact me!

felica is the creator of a blog about nothing + everything all at the same time and food, yes sweet sweet food. check out her journey from seriously confused and single to more than happily married here


2 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Hunter April 3, 2013 at 6:52 am - Reply

    That was a great article. I like those that actually take a little time to produce good quality stuff – it is all a learning curve at the end of the day. Extremely well planned and put together. Thank you.

  2. amouseinmykitchen April 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the positive comment! I love getting good feedback. I'll make sure Felica knows you thought it was good!

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