Remember how I did NoSpend November last year? Well this year I decided to try it in December. There are a couple of reasons for this shift. First of all I had a vacation planned already for November so I didn't want to skimp on it since vacations for me are so rare. The other reason is that while last November was difficult (primarily because of football season) it wasn't as big a stretch to pull off. Christmas is a big spending time and I found that instead of really saving on holiday spending, it could have been differed. So is it really no spend? Tough call. So in that spirit I modified one rule from 09. No Christmas stockpiling.
No Change November sprung as a result of things being moved to December. I can now compare it to December as well as last November. I also get a chance to see if I am able to track spending when it is happening all the time. Lets see how it all goes! Also of note, I am changing how I list acquired and consumed. If I acquired a cookie and ate it all in the same day, it will only be listed in consumed. Acquired will only be present for things that make it to the end of the day. The exception to this is cashflow.
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Cash: $19.2 (-$13.21)
Day 28: Healing Glow
I was looking over my entry from last . It was oddly familiar. I tried to do a side by side comparison, but it was really difficult to read.
Anna and I had breakfast at her place and then we went out to see 'Tangled' She bought the tickets and picked up some popcorn and Twizzlers. As usual they tried to bump up to a larger size but she didn't fall for it. There were a lot of kids in the audience and I felt myself wondering what it's like to be all the parents in there that had to repeatedly walk out for bathroom breaks. Seems like a waste when you think of how much tickets are now. I liked the movie, but was glad that we didn't pay the extra $3.50 a piece for 3D.
After the movie we went grocery shopping for chili ingredients since the restaurants weren't too appealing. We also did some hunting for a knife block for Anna. It was a lot trickier to find than I had expected. One of the sales people said that they were low on a lot of things because of Christmas. I suppose that's reasonable. JC Penny was the only winner on the block so she's going to give that a try. Anna scored a crepe as we walked through the mall and was happy to have discovered that the place existed. Once back home we made dinner (managed a tray of gingerbread cookies from overly sticky dough) and watched The Book of Eli thanks to a local Redbox.
On the way home I knew I needed to get gas but I kept putting it off. I tried a couple of places but they were closed... sort of. I am not sure what the deal was but you couldn't pay at the pump without going to see an attendant (who knows where they were though) when I went to one particular BP. Frustrating. I didn't dare another BP because it was a ways off and I thought maybe they all had the same weird rules. Exxon had to do and thus I wasn't able to use my BP gas card. I can't get over that $10 only gets me a quarter tank now, if that. I made it home safely and did a couple of little chores and called it a night. Liza was glad to have me back and slept on the covers to make sure I didn't disappear again.
Consumed: $11.21, $2 misplaced, yogurt, movie tickets, snacks, lemonade, gas, chili, cookie dough
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