After first struggling with her spending fast, Emily convinced her boyfriend that coupons are sexy and came to an unexpected conclusion. She writes:
I just wanted to thank you for your inspiration for a spending fast this past Lenten season. All in all, I only cheated twice, once when left with little choice after a long day away from home, and once after my boyfriend got laid off earlier this month, and I took him out for dinner and a movie to raise his spirits.
I have decided to extend my fast (although I AM including ALL basics now) through Memorial Day if I can, although who knows how that will work out. I have, however, introduced my boyfriend to matching up his coupons to sale items, and convinced him that it is in fact sexy to
coupon when shopping (of COURSE shopping smart is sexy!)
So of course I wrote back:
I’m glad to hear the rest of your spending fast went so well. Best of luck holding onto Memorial Day. Has fasting changed the way you think about money?
As a teacher, I often spend way too much on supplies for my classroom and for my students. Following this fast, I am reminded that my paycheck is in fact, my paycheck. I was always frugal with money, but I guess in the last year or so, I had started to slide a bit, paying for school supplies, work clothes, and other things because “they were important!” I needed to be reminded of those former values. I even (broke fast, I guess) ordered a local coupon book for the area, so that when I do go out, at least I can use the book. The fast, was in fact, just the thing I needed to get the saving started.
It’s amazing how not spending really changes your perspective! Have you ever considered going on a no-spend month?
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