Saturday, October 22, 2011

Minimizing and budgeting

This week, I said goodbye to my older desk, all my DVD's and books, and some more clothes and shoes I never wear. I replaced some of the paper books with a few free e-books. I haven't had any serious bites on the stuff I listed on craigslist, just some nibbles.

I'm happy to report that I have not used my credit card for over a month now. My only unexpected expense was a vet visit for Tara to determine the nature of a lump I found on her chest. It turned out to be a lipoma, no big deal, and the bill was easily covered since I've been putting money in a separate account for the dogs for quite some time.

I also spent several hours this week putting together a realistic budget, and looking for more ways to save rather than spend. I think this budget is the first one I've ever put together that accounts for everything, and doesn't conveniently ignore things I'd rather not think about. Let's see if I can stick to it.

3 comments:

HermitJim said...

Another step in the right direction! Sounds like you are sticking to a plan. That's good!

tffnguy said...

DVDs are good to pass the time on cold winter nights. They're even better if they all reside on an external hard drive without all the disks and cases.

Abby said...

Thanks, HermitJim! :)

tffnguy, I do have several of my favorite movies on an external hard drive, and a growing collection of e-books. There are also free movies available on Hulu, http://www.youtube.com/movies, and http://www.crackle.com/

My mom took the books and movies back to Texas with her, and most (or all) will be donated to her very small local library.