When I was a little tyke I was very very very good with my money. I saved every penny that I ever earned or was given for Christmas/Birthday (=birthmas). Upon opening my checking account before going off to college, I was surprised to find that I had $70 in a savings account. Apparently I had told my mother to "put this in the bank for safe keeping" as a spritely 8 year old.
It should come as no surprise then, that I am a credit counselor for a non-profit agency. Luckily for me I am very good at budgeting very little money, because unluckily for me, I make very little money. :) While I definitely make enough money to get by, I tend to splurge when it comes to anything running related, because that's what brings me joy. I have a separate savings account for races/travel for races/etc. (and my profits from my scarves go directly in to this account). Lately I've been noticing this account dribble lower and lower. And my spending habits have been a lot less on point (uh... hello there online shopping..... let's make googly eyes at each other in the quad....).
Enter: No Spend March! For the month of March, I will be putting a spending freeze on myself. Eep! Outside of my normal monthly financial obligations (ie: car payment, rent, electricity... feel free to insert Glee's version of Bills Bills Bills here...) I hope to spend zero monies! Full disclosure: Back in January, I registered for all races through May, so this is usually something I budget for and would normally have come out this month, but I planned ahead. Maybe it's cheating.... but whatever. There are definitely some things I want-want-want right now: a desk, for example. But there are zero things I need, so I'll be sticking to that.
As far as food and beverage items, I will be curbing my starbucks consumption for the month (I typically limit myself to one latte a week) and for food I tend to go 100% nut-so during marathon training because as Kyle would say in a growly voice when I get crabby, "Jerbear is hungry!!!" I will allow myself to go out for food once per week, but will really try to do it on the cheap/utilize gift cards (except for my 20 miler day, because I'm already craving Redrossa margherita pizza and cheese bread.... mmmmmmmmmm!).
Anything extra I save for the month will go directly to my running savings account to help fatten 'er up again. Who's with me? (And by who's with me... I actually mean.... who's taking me out for foooooooooood this month?!?!? jk.....)
My Weekly Wish List/Weekly I Want posts may be out of control this month. You've been warned!!
Tuesday before work I did 3.5 easy miles, which were not so easy due to the slick snow and ice. I forget that when you run in the morning, everything that was nice and thawed from the warmer day before is now iced over again due to the freezing night time temps. Drat. I did 4 x 100 m striders during the last mile ~mile pace per speedy Jason's suggestion. I kind of love striders.... definitely make an easy (=boring) run more enjoyable.