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Goal: Less Boring

June 26th, 2006 at 09:01 pm

I知 closing in on the end of Month Four of my (Modified) Minimum Wage Challenge, success in sight. June has been much easier than April and May, actually; I知 very comfortable with my new spending habits. I am more at peace with my money than ever before. Four months will be one third of the year I知 planning to be on the Challenge, which is also my $20 Challenge.

My trouble is that I知 spending very little, but not necessarily explaining how I am spending a little less than $1073 a month and still having a full rich life. I wouldn稚 be doing this otherwise; frankly my income would accommodate willy-nilly spending, and my belt-tightening is purely by choice.

I知 working on writing down my strategies specifically; thanks to Tightwad Kitty for the idea. I致e got ideas for breaking down particular areas, such as food, entertainment, and the like, as well as general themes, such as 釘uying Less Means Clutter Free and 鏑owered (Not Low) Expectations Mean Met Expectations.

Not only do I not want to have a boring blog, I want to have a record for five, ten, thirty years from now to keep me grounded and have a base to build on. If I get in the company of spendthrifts I値l need to remind myself how good it felt to be in control of my spending and be able to put a lot in savings while still feeling undeprived.

(I知 still going traveling in September. As stated pre-Challenge and pre-ticket purchase, the one thing I don稚 want to pass up is opportunities for world travel. So this is the one area I will spend outside the Challenge. We got a deal to London round trip for $450, so we are flying to Europe. Most of our time will be in Croatia and Serbia, with a little time in London. My friend and I did some planning yesterday, and I am getting pretty excited. I will be tracking all trip expenses, because another thing I do want to convey is that world travel can be done with moderate spending. As yet, the $450 is my only expense. I致e had no luck searching for recent used Croatian guide books, so my next expense will be a new guide book. I値l live.)

4 Responses to “Goal: Less Boring”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    I am eager to read the 'how to' blogs. As Ive told you before, I often think of you and your challenge when I am out 'shopping' and more often than not, come home without....

    I am also working on decluttering this house....

    Simple is good!

  2. scottish girl Says:

    I'm enjoying reading your blog.

  3. contrary1 Says:

    Your blog is one I read regularly.........and I would never call it boring!

    I'm looking forward to traveling vicariously with you!

  4. LdyFaile Says:

    I just got back from spending two weeks in Croatia. What a beautiful country! Hope you enjoy your trip and I look forward to your blog entries.

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