Day Fourteen Bought apples (and made 12 quarts of applesauce!) gas and vodka. The only inaustere aspect was that I used credit for the gas and paid 20¢ extra per gallon. The apples were about half the price of the ones I bought Saturday. Live and learn.
No terrible transgressions. I was taken out to dinner Friday night and last night, by family. Saturday we went apple picking and had some snacks and bought doughnuts at the orchard, Sunday we picked up takeout sandwiches. Nothing outlandish nor particularly austere.
Like I said yesterday, for someone following an austerity program, I certainly spend a lot of money...
Last night was a premeditated and allowable haircut (Tried a new place, loved it. Great cut and the stylist is a tad cheaper than my last person, so its a win-win.) and once-a-week allowable take-out dinner (pizza!)
Day Two Bought an onion and a chicken (Whole - I easily cut it up for parts with my kitchen shears in about two minutes, saved 50¢ per pound and I have the back and innards for broth. Buying parts is not a good value.) as well as adult beverages. All allowable purchases. It was interesting to walk through the store knowing I wasn't buying anything that wasn't on my list. I happened to walk down the softdrink aisle. I rarely buy soft drinks, but they certainly looked tempting.
For someone on an austerity program, I sure spend a lot of dough - hair cut tonight. I'm desperate, so it's an allowable exception. Not looking hideous is a requirement for me.
This month I endeavor to consume mindfully. My initial thought was to eliminate non-essential spending, but defining essential gets a little hairy. It isn't as though I want to torture myself - I still want to engage in my hobbies and eat food that I enjoy, have my evening cocktail (drinking probably qualifies as a hobby!) Just a little belt-tightening.