Today is the first day of my new cash diet and, so far, I love it.
I got paid overnight and woke up searching for the list I made of where all my money needed to go. I saved half of next month’s rent, covered my two loan payments, kept enough for my Emergency Fund and RRSP withdrawals, and put $195 on my credit card. After all that, I still had $300 in my account, $80 of which will cover my cell phone bill (which should be coming any day).
Later this morning, I’m going to the bank to pull $220 cash out of my chequing account. The cash has to cover my food/gas/fun expenses until Thursday, January 19. I also have some leftover money from Christmas, in the form of gift cards: $50 for gas and $21-and-change to the grocery store. Because of this, I have absolutely no concerns about what the next two weeks of my life will look like.
Right now, I’m happy about what I was able to put on my credit card debt and excited at the thought of what this cash diet could do for my finances. I could pay off my credit card debt by the same time I finish school (July)! Then I could quickly save for conferences and, after that, finish saving for NYC! And next year, since I’ll have no credit card debt, I could save for a brand new bed!
But wait… isn’t this how all diets begin? You’re inspired by something or someone, you tell yourself you’re going to do the same thing for yourself, then you set goals that have always felt impossible, all of which you eventually give up on? Is that what’s going to happen to me? I guess it will depend on how this first month goes. The test will be whether or not $110 is enough to live happily and healthily off of each week.
When I get home from work, I’m putting my debit card in my sock drawer, and it’s not coming out until Friday, January 20. Do you think I can do it?