Well, I've been trying super hard not to spend any money this week. I'm sure some of you more frugal people are thinking how hard can it be to go for five days without buying anything? I didn't think it would be that hard either, but I was wrong. When Madi had her kindergarten graduation I had the impulse to buy her a few little cut flowers. I resisted. I joined inboxdollars recently & they had a paid email deal from vistaprint for return address labels. I need those for all the thank you notes I'm going to have to write & rehearsal dinner invitations I'm going to have to mail. So I ordered them. They were free except for shipping (which was less than $4). And if it doesn't post to my credit card by the end of the week, I'm not going to count the purchase for this week...heehee, I'm a cheater! I also had to buy a couple of other things for the wedding. I've decided that's rule #2 - anything that needs to be purchased for the wedding can still be bought without breaking the challenge. My real goal with this exercise is to cut out the miscellaneous things that I pick up along the way - a coffee, soda, or extra items at the grocery store/drug store that really could wait until a better time to buy. Basically, no unplanned purchases b/c in my world unplanned = unbudgeted. And there is some flux in my budget, but it needs to be reigned in a bit if you know what I mean.
So that's the update. Not totally crashing & burning and not totally acing it either. Somewhere in the middle is good for now. I'm sure I'll try this again at some point ;-)