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Spending Challenge Update   Leave a comment

I said a while ago that I was adding accountability to my spending habits. I laid out new rules governing my spending for the next six months.  I got this idea from the book “The Year of Less” by Cait Flanders.  I’ll leave an Amazon affiliate link to the Kindle version of this book, and two others I’ll mention, at the end of this post (just click the book covers).  So I decided for today’s post I will give a quick update.

I’ve had remarkably little issues sticking to this game plan.  I have had a number of items I’ve come across that I was at first very excited about, and would have gone on to impulse buy.  Then I thought about having to come back here and admit I broke the rules and the urge just went away.  I didn’t even really have to spend a lot of time going over it in my head. Or running through the reasons I wanted to start getting my finances in shape.  I just knew that there was no way I could justify the purchase because it was just an impulse buy.  And that is the habit I’m trying to break.

As I did point out, though, I’ve had little issue sticking to this, not “no trouble at all.”  I had a minor transgression today that I wanted to share.  I love reading, and more importantly I love reading about things that make me a better person.  I started reading a book called “Hustle: The Life Changing Effects of Constant Motion” by Jesse Tevelow.  I purchased this book before I started the challenge so this book wasn’t a violation.  I haven’t read the whole book yet but I’ve read enough to know I like Jesse as an author.  The book is, obviously, about hustling and how hustling can benefit your bottom line.  I’ll do a better review after I’m done with the book.

In the book he mentions another book he wrote called “Authorpreneur: Build the Brand, Business, and Lifestyle You Deserve.  It’s Time to Write Your Book.”  One of the reasons I started this blog is way back in the day I used to write, a lot.  And it felt so good writing.  So I wanted to get back into writing to recapture that feeling.  I’ve been considering ways to turn my enjoyment of writing into a way of making money as well.  While I understand how to write (although as I’m sure you’ve gathered by my posts so far I’m a little rusty) I don’t really know much of anything about how to make money off of it.  While I am published, it was in high school and collegiate level literature anthologies.  So no paycheck involved in those.  This book will help fill in my knowledge gaps to get from where I am, a writer, to where I want to be, a paid writer (hopefully well paid).  So I purchased the book.  And then I realized right after I did it that I was violating the rules.  I didn’t use my reward points to get it, I just instinctively clicked the 1-Click buy button on Amazon.  Now the offense totaled a whopping $0.99 but it’s still an offense so I share it with you today.  I just hope that, once read, it leads to knowledge that allows me to recoup my investment and a lot more.  That’s the only oops I’ve made.

So that’s where I stand on the spending challenge.  With just one little slip up I’m calling it so far so good.  I’ll update my progress again soon.  If I slip up again I’ll update you sooner.  On the whole though I’m feeling really good about this challenge so I’m guessing I’ll stick with it.  As promised here are the links to the books below.  Have a good day, people.

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