Make A Day of It

I have this weakness. Okay, I have a lot of them, but right now I’m going to talk about one in particular. It’s about spending money. Despite my commitment to a simplified life, I still manage to hemorrhage cash some days. I love to order delivered food, and I can piss away hundreds at Amazon. So I should tell myself to buckle down and quit it, right? Nah, that never works. Instead, I’ve set aside special days for particular vices, so my spending is kept to a low rumble.

For example, if left to my own devices, I can spend a bit here and a bit there at Amazon, until I’ve dropped a down-payment on a small independent nation without even realizing it. Instead, I now have “Amazon Day”. It occurs once a month, and I have a generous-but-reasonable spending limit. For the rest of the month, I put things in my wishlist or cart and just leave them there until the 15th. Then I get a few things for myself and the Spousal Unit. It’s a great time. Amazon Day once a month makes it special.

I do the same thing with D-dish, what I loves so sweet. Saturday is D-dish day, so I know we’re keeping it to once a week, instead of “when was the last time we ordered? Oh, hell with it, I want Vegas rolls.”

Best of all, I don’t have to think about any of this stuff. I decide on the day and the frequency, then I put it in my calendar and forget about it. I know it’s coming, and when it does, it’s like a sweet little reward for being fiscally responsible.

1 Responses to Make A Day of It

  1. kathryn says:

    Great idea!

    Though I wish Amazon would let you fiddle with shipping dates of the future; it would be nice to do the monthly splurge, and then have the presents slowly trickle out, so you get a new treat every couple of days. It would, of course, be more expensive for them.