I have a challenge for you. It’s going to be equal parts revealing and dismaying. But you’ve got this.
I want you to pull out (or pull up) your bank statements for the past year. It’s time to dissect your spending! It’s time to see where all your hard-earned money is actually going. If you’re looking to make cuts, this exercise is a great first step. Never underestimate the power of shame!
And just in case you’re feeling a bit self-conscious, let me grease the wheels by sharing a few of my spending highlights from yesteryears:
July 31, 2018 – $221.17 spent at Shaw’s Crab House (da heck?)
August 27, 2018, to October 27, 2018 – $109.05 spent at hole-in-wall taco joint (I basically paid $109.05 to torture my bowels)
Same Timeframe as Above – $165.62 spent on pizza (as mentioned in a previous post, this was but a drop in the bucket)
October 29, 2018, to December 29, 2018 – $610.65 spent shopping on Amazon (couldn’t even tell you what the hell I bought)
December 31, 2018 – $23.15 spent at a restaurant called Mother Cluckers (kind of worth it just because of the name)
So, are you brave enough to give this a go? And then are you brave enough to share a few of your horror stories with the rest of us? Remember to look at one-time expenses and aggregate spending (like the $85 you spent on frozen yogurt last month).
It’s time to get your hands dirty!
And then it’s time to wash your hands. There’s a pandemic going on. What the hell’s the matter with you?
Frugal Tip: You may think your tube of toothpaste is empty, but it’s probably not. Cut the end off the tube. I bet you can squeeze out a few more brushings! #SuckItColgate