Alcohol, the Enemy of Frugality
by, 07-27-2008 at 11:39 AM (1145 Views)
So this week I have been completely true to living frugally. I have stopped carrying my debit card with me, which as been a huge adjustment, and have been living off cash. As a result I have $300 in my savings account versus the usual $300 overdraft in my chequing account.
Here's a lsit of changes I have made that allowed me to get this result:
-carry lunch to work with me
-drink the staff room coffee instead of Tim Horton's
-walk instead of paying for public transit when possible
-eat dinner at home, and buy produce from framer's market instead of high-priced supermarket
I was down to my last $25 of my allotted weekly cash, when a friend suggested we go spend some time on a patio (I am know among my friends to absolutely adore patio season!)...I took $20 dollars with me, telling myself I would have one pint and come home with at least $10...had three pints, came home broke.
Now here's the thing...I had a great time, and $20 is not, relatively, a big expenditure...however, I don't think the two things add up...what else could I ahve done with that $20 that might have been more fun or made it last longer.
I am going to think about this next time I hear the patio calling...