Monday, January 30, 2012

So Close!

Last Sunday I began my No Spend Week and crossed my fingers that I could make it -- I tend to shop out of boredom, so come Saturday morning I was thrilled that I'd made it 6 entire days of not spending a penny.

Saturday afternoon I went with a colleague to see The Descendants (we both really liked it) and even brought my own snacks, apple slices, to fend off the temptation of buying treats.  I had enough Scene points for a free movie, so there was no cost involved.

Then, I decided that I'd check out Home Sense for a white ceramic vase to replace the one I'd shattered during the move.  I had a gift card with what I thought was about $48 on it.  Turns out, there wasn't $48, instead there was about $10 left -- I can't for the life of me remember what I'd bought using the card between Christmas and this weekend, but I'm sure I did.  So, when the cashier let me know that I still owed about $20 I debated cancelling the order and having her refund the $10 back on the gift card, or paying the $20, knowing that I didn't make it through the entire 7 days.

I paid the $20.  I'd have gone back to the store the next day to get the replacement vase anyways, and I was already happy with my 6 entire days....lesson learned: check the balance of your gift card before assuming what's left on it!

Tomorrow I'll post about my financial challenge for February!


  1. LOL! Same thing happened to me except in reverse. I thought that I would have to pay extra but it turns out I didn't have to.

  2. 6 days no shopping is awesome! I always get thwarted in my no-spend efforts. I found the first bit of January was good but the past two weeks have been spendy spendy..