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Wise Lawyer Friend, who is also my frugality guru, occasionally throws herself a “no buy month,” which is exactly what it sounds like.  She sets out the rules before the month as to what is ok to purchase (food, gas, etc.) and sticks to it.  I do a similar thing sometimes that I call a “financial fast”, but I always take it a step too far by being too strict and wind up buying a ton of stuff the day after the fast is over, which really doesn’t help me at all.

Since I had now been laid off from two jobs– good thing I always have three– it is time to start living within my means.  Also, I have the nagging fear that I may be unemployed for an indefinite amount of time, and need to stockpile cash as much as I can.  Therefore, February is Andria’s No Buy Month.

The rules are:

  • I may buy groceries, but I will be more diligent in making a list and sticking to it.  No impulse purchases.
  • No eating out
  • No buying clothes
  • Obviously, I still have to pay bills–damnit
  • I may buy necessities, if I need to, but I really don’t anticipate needing to since I usually buy in bulk
  • I may buy beer if I go out for drinks with friends, but only one
  • I can still put gas in my car

I think I’ve covered everything.  This is potentially the most boring blog ever written, but the whole point is that everyone who reads this has to keep me accountable, so those of you that interact with me on a regular basis get to be assholes if you see me getting out of line.

To frugality!

My neighbors have a tendency to throw stuff over the fence separating our yards into my driveway.  Most often it’s garbage, sometimes it’s bottles, which is awesome, and sometimes it’s the kids toys.  Today, I went out to my car to find a bike frame.  Just the frame, no wheels, laying in the tall grass near the fence.  I can only hope that someone brought it around and didn’t throw it so dangerously close to my car, but that seems like a lot of work just to get rid of what seems to be a decent piece of metal.

I asked the man who was standing in the yard talking on his phone if he knew where it came from– this was after I gave him a neighborly wave (I’m not sure if he actually lives there or not), he just shrugged and then shook his head.  I guess I have a new, red bike frame.

I went to the grocery store to buy milk because my morning coffee has been increasingly unpleasant.  I thought that maybe I just needed to clean my machine, but it turns out that my milk was sour.  Who knows how long it’s been sour, since I’ve had a cold all week and can neither taste well, nor smell, but this morning it was decidedly unpleasant– I must be getting better.

One thing that people who spend a lot of time around me can always count on is that I will always have White Cheddar Cheez-its.  I love them, they are the perfect snack and sometimes meal, and when I’m down to my last box, I get a bit panicky.

I got to the store to find that they are on sale, which was exciting, but when I got to the cracker aisle there were no White Cheddar Cheez-its at all.  There were Cheddar Cheez-its a plenty, reduced fat White Cheddar, and the other varieties that always disappoint, but no regular, delicious, White Cheddar Cheez-its.

I didn’t know what to do.

I moved the boxes around on the shelf, I checked the endcaps, I checked the large display area in the front of the store, I looked in the sale aisle– none. So now I’m terrified that they’ve been discontinued, and I missed my change to stock up.  It seems a bit insane to drive all over town looking for crackers, but that’s what it’s going to come to, especially since when I called the store I got no answer.