I slipped. I messed up. I didn’t make it all the way through the month. Although, I do have a perfectly good excuse. So, here is what happened. I needed to go to the store to get a few things. I wanted to go by myself (because seriously, the grocery store is the only peace I get some days), so I helped my husband lay our kids down for a nap before going to town. It was only after I got the screaming 10 month old settled and almost asleep that I realized my cash was in the room she was sleeping in (she naps in our room during the day). There was no way in heck that I was going back in there to get it. So, I consciously decided that I would be using my debit card that day.
But, I made a plan. I didn’t want to spend too much, so I made my list and I created a cash amount for myself. I was not going to go above that limit, no matter what. And, when I got to the checkout line and realized I was over by three dollars, I asked the cashier if she would please put one of my items away for me because I wasn’t going to be able to buy it.
And do you know what?
It felt good. It felt good to be in control of my money. It felt good to know that I have the power to stick to my plan, even if I have to improvise a little. So yes, I did mess up. I will not have a perfect cash only month. But that’s not what’s important. What’s important is that I am making huge progress in the money area. I am really figuring out my bad spending habits and how to fix them. I am doing my part to make our families money stretch further and last longer.What’s important is that I am learning how to use my will power. I am learning to say no to things I want because I don’t need them. I am learning how to be a more frugal person and help my family strive. I am learning that will power is something that must be practiced. I know that sometimes I will fail, but I have to keep going and keep trying. I am learning that I can do hard things.
And it feels good.Share