Well... I already knew we weren't going to be totally successful this month because my husband had his eye on this.... Speaking of the ipad2...(note: we don't have an ipad (the first version) but we do have lots of MEpads! ha!;-).... we generally wait for the 2nd generation (lighter, faster, cooler)...but I was thinking that in our house we already own... 2 MacBooks; 2 iphones; 1 itouch (that the kids use?!?! - what 6 1/2 yr old needs to use an itouch?); 2 ipod nano's (sometimes used on runs/workouts); 1 ipod shuffle (no longer used); and apple TV (I don't even know how to use this). I mean, really? At some point isn't enough, enough?
Anyway, the past week we were on spring break with the kids (hiking in Sedona and a water park in Phoenix), and we managed to do good on the spending diet....we ate out a fair amount but we were staying in a hotel so we knew (and planned for) as much. I bought a new toiletry holder at the drugstore (the zipper on mine busted) and a fashion design pad thing for Samme (to keep her quiet & occupied in the hotel room while Henry was napping). But other than that I haven't purchased anything other than food + household items so far this month. (Please note that I was in a 5-mile radius of Anthropologie, Lululemon & Target on the trip and didn't go in them, not even for a peek). I've had stuff sitting in shopping carts online & in the grocery store and managed to abort purchases. I've also been selling a bunch of stuff on ebay too towards the Bora Bora fund. In addition to our Spring Break trip, we've been doing lots of fun, free things (Discovery Museum, Rec Center, hikes, bouncing on the trampoline, bike rides, starting to work on the garden, etc.) and no shopping.
I have this picture (above) of our house on my desk bulletin board to remind me how great it will be to have NO mortgage and this picture of our (fingers crossed) Bora Bora trip for our anniversary next year and a picture of the orphanage in Kenya that I want to go on a mission trip to...all to help keep me motivated to spend our money wisely.
Those of you participating, how's it going so far? How do you stay motivated to stay on track budget wise?