Another successful week done for the No/Low Spending and Decluttering challenge this month! My most expensive day this week by far was Friday. I sent $156.45 to World Health Fitness via the bank bill payment system to get out of that $#%&! contract they locked me into, and then spent $9.41 to have my cancellation letter sent to them via registered mail. According to Canada Post they signed for the letter this morning (signature is visible online), so I know they have it. After sending the letter, I went to Starbucks (bad me, I know). I lost my Gold card in December, and I recently received its replacement in the mail. I spent $2.05 for a tall blond roast and spent a little time unwinding answering comments on the blog. After spending so much mental energy on the gym, I wanted to unwind. I’m not counting the $2.05 towards my grocery challenge because the money on the card was put there back in early December when I last reloaded it. It’s already spent money. The only other spending I did this week was $7.16 for some groceries this morning. That puts me at $173.02 for the week, not counting the pre-paid Starbucks. I would have been happier if it was only $7.16 for the week like it should have been, but I’ll live otherwise.
Providing nothing else pops up in the next ~2 weeks, I’ll have $700 to put on my line of credit this pay period. I’m going to keep trying for my $2000 goal, but it’s going to be tight.
The financial mini challenge this week was to generate some extra money. I opted to give my basement clean up a boost and took my (former roommate’s) pop bottles and cans in to the bottle depot. Four bags of assorted recycling yielded a net payout of $31.40.
The decluttering challenge this week was to clean out the junk drawer at home. It’s a great challenge, save for one small issue: I don’t have a junk drawer. I’m a very visual person, so I try to keep things where I can see them. As a result, I tend to stick things in piles on flat surfaces rather than in drawers. The usual suspect is the coffee table, which I cleaned up last week.
So, instead of taking a pass on this challenge I turned it into an extension of the first one: make more money. One of my close friends lives in a two bedroom condo with her husband and their (adorable) infant daughter. She’s commented a couple times that they don’t have enough space, and that they have too much stuff. Those of us who have been bitten by the decluttering bug are pretty aware that those two problems are heavily linked. When she mentioned wanting to declutter and get rid of some stuff, I suggested we host a garage sale at my place in May. I don’t really have enough stuff to host a garage sale on my own, but between the two of us we’d have more than enough stuff. This week I went through my closets and started putting aside items to be sold. This is the pile so far:
When we finish up the garage sale we’ll load up the cars and take the remainders to Goodwill to be donated.
How are your financial and decluttering goals going this month? Has anyone achieved their goals yet?
Recommended Reading: Getting Back to Being Frugal