And finished recreating/started using my monthly Excel budget/spending tracker.
Maybe I took a little bit of WN’s lecture from last week to heart. I’ll never tell him that, though.
This actually turned out to be a really valuable endeavor, though, because once I unlocked my online banking account and went back to look through my account activity in September and October to give me an idea of how I should break down my spending categories, I found out that I’ve been losing $40 a month to a Washington Post subscription that got automatically renewed after I bought a 6-week trial, and $15 a month to a monthly credit report I didn’t know I’d signed up for when I was trying to get one report for my rental application. $55 could be a pair of shoes, y’all, and I’ve just been giving that shit away. So I called both of those companies up like, CEASE AND DESIST IMMEDIATELY WITH YOUR SNEAKY MONEY-TAKING.
I have made a goal of putting $300 into my savings account this month. In order to do that and prepare for the kick-ass Holiday Party my coworker and I are throwing at my house, I am issuing myself a challenge: I, Maya Reid, of sound mind and cute-ass body, will not purchase a single item of clothing during this fiscal month (Nov. 7–Dec. 6).