So we are coming up on the end of the month. A few weeks ago, I felt pretty confident that I would be on budget… BUT that was before gas prices start to creep up. Now it is the last weekend of the month and I have a tough decision to make. Gas, or food???
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not starving. I have stuff in my pantry. But those weekly things like milk and bread are nice to have around. So with the last $15 in my budget, I will be getting gas. This sucks. This really sucks.
So how am I going to get the food? Answer: Money hunt! I have a box containing all the small change I’ve collected over the year and it is coming with me to coinstar tomorrow. Also, I still have a gift certificate to a fancy grocery store leftover from Christmas that I can use. Soooo, I’m going to be very creative this weekend.
But this situation worries me. How am I supposed to have a solid budget if it is constantly changing? My lifestyle fast is aggressive (by choice), and doesn’t forgive easily. If I start spending more for gas, I either save less for a car, or eat less food. Save less for the car seems like the natural answer, but when your car is constantly in the shop, a new one suddenly gets pushed to the forefront.
Well, I do want to lose weight….
I’m thinking there must be other costs I can lower. Either way, March is going to be interesting. No gift certificates. No money box. I will just be me and the budget (dum, dum, dum!) I’m going to have to be a Nazi about it. But in a way this is good. This month I put money away for the car, emergency fund, school, and started a Roth IRA. I also believe I lost weight by sticking to my workouts, but my weigh-in day is the first of the month, so Tuesday will be the day of truth. All in all, except for the spike in gas, I did very well. We’ll find out on Tuesday, just how well. So the fast is (somewhat) workable, I just need to be more vigilent.
Wish me luck!