I have to say: I was quite surprised to see that the step that I took towards Financial Fitness helped me in the Physical Fitness department, sort of. By taking my credit card out of my wallet, and having already spent all my grocery money and all the money allocated to “Miscellaneous”, I didn’t have the funds available to just “stop by the Shopette” on the way home from work which meant that I couldn’t succumb to the lure of Haagen Daas chocolate ice cream or a bottle of moscato. You definitely think a little differently when it’s just not there. I have $100.91 in my checking account and $100 of it is slated for a bill that will get paid on the same day that my next paycheck hits. This will enable me to get to that “Zero Dollar Budget” on the day that it resets for the next round. The $.91 will just get carried over and plugged into the budget for the next pay period.
On a slightly different note, I didn’t unplug from Facebook. As a nightshifter, I spend my nights off going to the gym, going to the grocery store, and…and…and, really, nothing else. NOTHING is open in the wee hours, especially on week nights. Plus, even if I did want to dive into some home improvement project, I don’t think my roommate would appreciate the noise at 3am. So, I’m going to allow myself the indulgence but my rotation back to dayshift will be quite different. Though, knowing that I’ll be putting in availability for a higher number of hours at the part time might derail any of those home improvement projects but, goodness knows, I will have ample time very, very soon. Like, in 339 days.
Also contributing to my Financial Fitness is ebay. I purged my wardrobe of a few gently used items and listed them for dirt cheap. They’re still quite good but, being that they don’t fit, it’s not doing me any good by having them in my drawers or closet. I have tons more to list on ebay. It’s all piled in the room that is my “office”. Eventually, I will get it listed or donate it to Goodwill. In the meantime, I watch the pennies increase on the items that have bids on ebay. Ten items currently listed; three have already ended and sold; seven remain—all with bids that end in the next day or so. It’s a good way to end the month.