Save $1000 + Melanie’s Spending Diet Update

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Melanie is sharing her Spending Diet adventures with us, and she’s got her September update for us below. – Anna

After the air conditioning fiasco of August, I yet again recommitted to saving more through the Spending Diet. And September was all about recommitment. This month I recommitted by pulling my $100 out of the bank at the beginning of the month and sticking to it.

There was a lot of temptation, don’t get me wrong. The weather is changing and several pairs of my pants were threadbare. You could literally see-through a pair of my work pants– embarrassing and definitely not work appropriate. I also didn’t want to blow my entire $100 bucks on one pair of pants. So I visited my local thrift shop and invested a whopping $19.41 on seven (count ‘em), seven pairs of pants. It reminded me of how much fun it can be to search among the Spongebob pajamas and Aunt Edna’s knick-knacks for gold.

I’m all about saving money, but I’m also all about the living small. We live in an Airstream, for god’s sake, so I love a good purge. This month my husband and I also made a little bit of money by selling our wares at the flea market. And what we didn’t sell, we gave away to a thrift store. I’m feeling much lighter and more committed and renewed to the saving cause.

With all that done, I also tackled one of the hardest things on my to-do list in September. I cancelled my (kind of) expensive gym membership. I had said I would cancel my gym membership to offset my cost of groceries, but I really didn’t want to do it, so I had been putting it off. I hated signing my gym cancellation papers, I felt poor and ashamed, like I had somehow failed. But it was just one of those hard cuts that I needed to make to get me closer to my dream of owning a house. With my gym membership cut, I’ll be saving almost another $1,000 per year. I’ve also been trying to keep my spirits up by looking on the brightside and working out at home. (I, of course, turned to this article on on ATWS about Losing Weight Without a Gym.)

This month was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Saving can be hard on the emotions sometimes, but overall I feel good about my decisions. I managed to save $1,200 this month which is a little over my monthly goal! This month also reminded me of how important it is to recommit to savings on a monthly, weekly, daily and sometimes even hourly basis! To remind myself of my ultimate goal, I like to keep little pictures around of my goal. I keep a picture of a cute cottage in my wallet. That little reminder has definitely helped, but I’m looking for more ways to remind myself of my savings goal.

What little reminders do you use to keep you on track?

P.S. The Minimalist Challenge is great for clearing out clutter, and here’s another helpful no-more-gym-no-more-fees(!) post: 9 Free and Simple Ways to Stay Healthy and Fit Without the Gym.

P.P.S. Ready to get out of debt ASAP? Check out the Spending Fast Bootcamp! SpendingFastBootcamp.com

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  1. Laura

    Nice to see your progress and recommitment! There’s plenty of at home workouts that are easy to do, even without equipment!
    Good luck!
    xo, Laura
    laurasbestlife.com

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  2. Mrs. Frugalwoods

    Nice! I’ve been able to circumvent gym membership costs by working a desk shift at my yoga studio in exchange for free classes. It’s a perfect blend of socializing, being part of the yoga community, and free exercise. And, I am a lover of the thrift store! Sounds like you found some sweet pants!

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  3. Kate

    Good job Melanie that you managed to save $1,200 this month! I also cancelled my gym membership last month, I only bought a yoga mat and decided to exercise here at home.

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  4. Joy

    Congrats on the savings! I just canceled my gym membership as well. It was hard because I loved all the different things to do and the childcare. However, it was just not worth the expense. There is so much you can do at home and just even getting outside and walking/running will make a huge difference.
    Keep it up!
    Joy
    diggingfordeals.com

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  5. Sandra

    Thank you for acknowledging the emotional parts of trying to save money- I also love the idea of keeping a photo/image reminder in your wallet. Great post!

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