Saturday, November 21, 2009

I blew it!

It's been nearly four months since that detailed post where I publicly committed to specific personal sacrifices for two full years. Anyone remember? I temporarily eliminated vacations, wardrobe updates, new furniture, dining out, professional manicures/pedicures, movies, blah blah blah... pretty much all the things that make me happy... haha. Anyway, the goal is to save an extra $25,000. And, it's been working so far.

For my own peace of mind, I have to confess to any and all who care in the slightest degree that tonight... I totally caved. That's right. I cracked. I broke down and gave in. I went out to eat with my husband (gasp). I know. I'm a loser and I have no self control. It's just that for breakfast, I had some homemade pumpkin bread with a glass of milk, and I never really had the chance to eat lunch or dinner. At 6:00 p.m. I joined Dana at the church for a WONDERFUL session of Stake Conference. It was then, as I sat in the chapel absorbing the spirit, that it dawned on me how many hours I had gone without eating. Thankfully, Dana had some Hot Tamales in his pocket. I grabbed some as I whispered in his ear, "Thanks for dinner." He laughed. When the meeting ended, all I could think about was food. Several other couples invited us to join them at Applebees, and I was too hungry to resist. So, that's what? A $12.00 setback. I think I can handle it.

Just so you know, I also plan to go to the movies on Thanksgiving Day. Dana and the kids insist. It's been a family tradition for years and a wise youth once said "What the heck? Mom! Everybody knows that family traditions are way more important than saving a few bucks." So, there you have it: my two confessions. After those exceptions, I'm back on the plan.


  1. Amen......We are all a work in progress!

  2. I think you deserve dinner and a movie after months of working so hard! I wouldn't call this a setback at all, I'd say its a reward! And in another 3-4 months, you should have another :)

  3. Just to make it public, I gave up this plan as one of my New Year's Resolutions (hahaha). The goal was 24 months and I lasted for a measly four. But I'm thinking if the goal had been for four months, I may have lasted a couple days, so I'm not disappointed at all--pretty darn proud of myself! It has taught me that although "money can't buy happiness"; the lack thereof can make one pretty miserable. I'm allowing myself (almost) all the usual freedoms once again, but definitely staying within our family budget. Nice to breath again. :)