First thing I saw when I opened my email was a dealio coupon for 50% off a punch pass to my favorite dance studio. My first thoughts were resist, resist. My head got woozy and my heart started beating through my chest. 50% off, how could I not click BUY! After a few deep breaths I regained enough composure to see that the coupon was for new students only. Dang! I mean Yay? I mean... arrrgh. It's going to be a really long time before I see my favorite Twin Cities B-Boy, J-Sun, again.
|photo credit: David Ellis via Minnesota Monthly|
I haven't told too many people outside of the blog-o-sphere that i'm doing a Spending Fast. Mainly for selfish reasons, because I wasn't too sure how they would respond, so I just wanted to avoid it altogether. That and as an engineer I am already faced with enough crickets as it is...
*chirrrp chirp chirp*
Sooo when my friend called and asked me to come out for her birthday I suddenly wished that all of my friends' birthdays didn't exist for the next month/year/millennium. Boo, not going to happen, so I sucked it up and told her that I was happy to come up, but doing a little experiment about not spending any money. Then I proceeded to hang up as fast as I could so I would not have to offer any explanation. When I arrived at her birthday outing, she offered to buy me a drink as a thank you for doing her hair for Halloween. I was tempted, but declined since this is a choice that I made. I explained that I have money I could spend, but I am simply choosing not to in an attempt to pay down my student loans faster yadda, yadda. I was surprised at how responsive and respectful everyone was. Yay for having cool friends!
When I got home last night I began pouring over the data in my Mint account and my spreadsheets. I started looking at the totals and realized that from September 2010 to September 2011 my total balance for my student loans only went down $849.54. That is just horrifying and unreal. I owe over 100k in student loans. It just made me realize how important and necessary these lifestyle changes really are if I ever want to see the end of this.
After one year of payments and only a change of 850 bucks.
How's that for motivation?