Per Heather's request, I wanted to give you a little recap on how my spending strike went in May. I have tried this project before, and I think I was better at it at other points in my life. This month I had earmarked some money to work in my yard and planned to spend that money, regardless of my strike.
The problem for me was that I found it difficult to stop. When I gave it up for Lent last year, I gave it all up. That was easier.
But, like Heather mentioned in her blog, it's a good discipline because it causes me to stop and think about how I spend my money. Occasionally, this is a great exercise for me, and I try to remember to practice it at least once a year.
The hardest part for me is eating out. Living alone, dinners out with friends are more than the convenience of not cooking. They're social time, a chance to feel like I actually have a life and people who care about it. I did more eating out this month than I intended, but I was pretty good about just avoiding the drive thrus and eating for convenience. To the best of my memory, I only did that one time - I was running errands for work, and I was HOT so I went to steak and shake and got a shake - they're one of my favorite treats! I even managed to avoid "happy hour" at Sonic. I do love their cranberry juice slush!
Again, a good practice overall. Now I just have to decide what June's covenant will be. Since it is now the 2nd, I guess I better start figuring that out.