I’ve been trying to do a no-spend day for several days now. And failing.
I had to get some hair goop on Sunday to help cover my gray (#vanity). I needed it for Monday trivia — trivia is one of the few days when I actually put effort into my appearance — so I couldn’t put it off.
Tim had to fill up the car ($31.63) on Monday.
Tuesday I had a therapy appointment ($10) and a $15 prescription for a medication I was completely out of. There was no putting off either purchase for a day. And since the day was shot anyway, I also picked up two personal watermelons for Mom at Fry’s. Because they were a ridiculous $0.88 each.
I had to pick up yet another $15 prescription on Wednesday — again, I was completely out — killing that day’s potential too.
And I can’t do it tomorrow because Fry’s is having a two-day sale on laundry detergent: $0.99 a bottle for up to five bottles. It’s “while supplies last” which means no rain checks, which means I can’t wait until Saturday.
We need a few other things from the store too, including some frozen dinners, but those could have waited. The laundry detergent though… Between the two of us, Mom and I can get enough to last two to three years (if not longer). It’s not worth passing that up for the fleeting triumph of a single day without spending.
Besides, I also need to pick up a few things from Walgreens before this coupon (7,000-point bonus for $25+) expires. It’s only good through Friday. You know how much I love my Balance Rewards, so it’s yet another thing that’s not worth passing up for a purchase that needs to be made anyway.
And I can’t do it Saturday because I finally have a hair appointment. I’ll cover up the gray and get a trim and generally look presentable for FinCon.
Sunday starts a new financial week, meaning that today is my only chance at a no-spend day this week.
But as I write this I’m realizing that even today may be shot. Pandora got bitten at the dog park. It was just one tooth mark, not any real noticeable blood. Nonetheless it resulted in a puncture mark, which means a trip to the vet. That’s covered by our Banfield Plan, but the inevitable antibiotic ointment won’t be.
I fear I’m doomed to a week of no no-spend days. But my goal for next week will be to do at least one, preferably two.
Do you attempt no-spend days? If so, do you count all purchases, or are things like prescriptions and copays exempt?