Back in the summer, I came across this journal that I immediately knew I had to get into the hands of my readers. I talk a lot about how tracking my spending is what helped me eventually write my first budget and really take control of my finances, but I know the idea of writing down what you spend your money on each day sounds boring to some people. If it sounds boring to you, maybe this journal will make it more fun!
It’s called What Did I Buy Today? and the idea is fairly simple: it’s a spending journal with extra pages that help you come up with new financial goals and also track your savings. Why I’m so obsessed with this journal is that the idea for it came from an illustrator, Kate Bingaman-Burt, whose first journal (Obsessive Consumption) was nothing more than drawings and typography that expressed how she felt about her debt. After sending that to print, she decided to create an actual spending journal that could be used by others. Here are a few images of what’s inside:
So, here’s the deal: I grabbed 3 copies of this journal, with the plan to mail them out before Christmas. Why? Because getting serious about money – whether that means paying down debt, saving more or whatever – is the 2nd most popular New Year’s Resolution, next to losing weight. If I can get this into 3 people’s hands before January 1st, maybe they’ll feel more ready to tackle that goal.
To enter this giveaway, you can tweet about it (1 entry), follow me on Twitter (2 entries), like my Facebook page (2 entries) or write a comment on this post that answers the question below (2 entries). You can also do all of these things for a total of 7 entries, or tweet about it daily to squeeze in a few more. (Remember to use Rafflecopter to make your entries count!)
Here’s the best part: The Spending Journal Giveaway is open to readers worldwide! The giveaway starts on Wednesday, December 11th at 12:00am PST and ends on Thursday, December 19th at 12:00am PST. Three winners will be announced in a blog post on Friday, December 20th at 4:00am PST.
Now, tell me: How do you currently track your spending?