I’m broke, but it’s awesome. A poverty update.

Yesterday I signed up with Mint.com.

Today I received this e-mail:

Proceed with caution, indeed.

Normally, this would be enough to make me wet myself, but I’m happy to announce my pants are dry (if maybe a bit too snug). $29 left to my name and I’m totally calm and collected. So much that I’m going to sit back with this bag of Starbursts (which I suckered my mom into buying) (and which certainly isn’t helping the fit of my clothing) and relish in my new found financial prowess.

Okay, “prowess” might be a stretch, but I feel as if I’ve accomplished more in just a few short days than I have in the last ten years. How, you ask? Well, let me tell you. I increased my profit sharing from 6% to 10% (because I have no reason not to save more) (and I’d be a complete moron not to), I sent $600 to both my car loan and credit card, and I have a budget. A real, live, grown-up budget. One I plan on sticking to.

And this morning, when my mom asked if I wanted to run to Staples with her, I said yes and LEFT MY DEBIT CARD AT HOME. And thank God I did ’cause I could have easily dropped my remaining $29 in unnecessary office supplies.

I love office supplies.

But I love not feeling guilty more.

Peeps, thanks for your help. Now if only you could tell me what to do about this little (huge!) candy problem I seem to have…

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20 Responses to I’m broke, but it’s awesome. A poverty update.

  1. Lan says:

    so very glad you signed up for mint.comi guess i should take my own advice and sign up too.as for your candy addiction. it's not a bad thing! unless you have mucho cavities, why try to curb it? we all need vices.

  2. Michele says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your funny comment. I'm so glad to have a new blog to read : )

  3. MichelleSG says:

    Yay. go you! It is refreshing isn't it? You didn't need those office supplies anyway and they will be there still later when, you know, you've won the lottery right? Keep it up!

  4. Violet says:

    Woo-hoo! Right on! Way to not spend money!And if it takes a few bags of candy to get you through this, so be it. One issue at a time, ok?

  5. Debbie W. says:

    Perhaps I need to pass on the “mint” information to my oldest daughter….she could use some caution signs sometimes.

  6. Gayle says:

    That's great!If the candy fits within your budget, it's not a problem, right?

  7. Alias Mother says:

    I'm with Violet. One thing at a time. Let's not go crazy now, okay?(Good work. Keep going. Are you a visual person? If so, you may want to make a chart showing how you will be paying down your debt and boosting your savings each month. If you need that sort of thing, it's very soothing.)

  8. Stephanie says:

    True… but what happens when I stop fitting within my CLOTHES???

  9. Stephanie says:

    Okay, good point, but… tight pants and all that. (Insert worried here.)

  10. Stephanie says:

    It IS refreshing. And you're right… I so didn't need the office supplies. Why pay for 'em when I can get 'em from work for free? (I kid, I kid!)

  11. Stephanie says:

    Yes, but sometimes I think I have enough for ALL of us.

  12. Stephanie says:

    It's too bad there isn't a site like this for relationships.

  13. Stephanie says:

    Hi Michele, glad you stopped by… And glad you said something about the gift card. I hope they find it when they get settled.

  14. Stephanie says:

    One thing at a time? I don't get it. Visual is good… but I think I'd prefer a big jar of cash over a chart. Ya know?

  15. Rachel says:

    that's a big motivator in my world: no dollas for new duds, so you gotta curb the foods. Can you get yourself addicted to a walk every night instead??

  16. rory says:

    Huh? What's Mint.com?Good job on the self-restraint, though.

  17. Good for you!Keep it up.I luvvvvvvv office supplies, too.

  18. terri says:

    thanks so much for stopping over to dessert or diet! good job sticking to your budget. i have a hard time with this…..i smiled when you said you LOVE office supplies. whatever store i am in, i ALWAYS have to take a trip down the pen/pencil/marker aisle! *and i am super duper pumped~i just got a new 36 count sharpie carribean colored marker set*….yes, i am a dork…but i can relate to your obsession.

  19. Debbie W. says:

    Yea….she could use one of those too ~ but I'm being good and keeping my mouth shut about that! I know the quickest way to make a guy more attractive is for your mother to tell you something is wrong with him. 🙂

  20. mia says:

    oh, no help here girl. I've got a bag of twizzlers and a bag of those caramels with the white middle. There is NO help for the candy monster 🙂

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