Melanie’s Spending Diet Progress Report

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Below is Melanie’s December Spending Diet update. See all the past Spending Faster updates here. – Anna

December was the month that I had anticipated a spending spree. With the holidays in full swing, I always have the tendency to overdo things– more gifts, more food, more spending and ultimately, more regret! I had been (fairly) good all year, but I was afraid that somehow the spirit of St. Nicholas would possess my body and credit card. But lucky for me, I’m a planner, I had planned and purchased most of my gifts before December ever rolled around. I had budgeted just $100 for holiday gifts. I did use $100 separate from my $100 Spending Diet fund, but it was $100 none the less. It was still a challenge. I did obsess over the $100 gift budget. I planned sales, I planned coupons and I did more math than I had done in the last 5 years. I also had a strategy. Here’s some things that helped me…

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The And Then We Saved Book! Update

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Last Thursday was a big day because that was the day I handed over my book manuscript to the publisher!

Last week was intense. Monday I worked on it 17 hours. Tuesday 14 hours, and Wednesday, another 17 hours. On Wednesday I didn’t go to sleep until 5:30 am, and then I woke up at 7:30 am to get right back to work. Even though I’ve been working on the book for the past year there were just all these little things that I wanted to tweak to make it just right. 65,000 words of Spending Fast goodness were handed over at 4:30pm EST. I was so wound up from adrenaline that I was buzzing around the rest of the day. Then, I crashed on Friday, and spent the next couple of days recovering! :)

Now, all sorts of things will take place leading up to the book’s publication which will be in January 2016. Another few rounds of edits will take place. The cover will get designed, the illustrations will be put into place (you’ll LOVE them, btw!), and the layout with be laid (?… lol).

It’s all so exciting! Thanks for being a part of the process, and for letting me share this big accomplishment with you! xo, Anna

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(Finally!) Get Organized + Make Money on Your Old Stuff

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When I was watching the news the other day I saw that the top 3 resolutions for 2015 are:

1. Lose weight.

2. Get out of debt. (#heck yeah)

3. Get organized.

I usually don’t make “official” resolutions because I do a pretty good job already of trying to work on myself and my goals throughout the year. With the New Year though, it’s hard to not pay special attention to things to focus on improving.

But, this year I decided I would get focused and write out a list. Nothing makes things official quite like lists do.

Here it goes…

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