You know that fuzzy feeling you used to get in the gut of your stomach right around August. It was so nice. If you’re like me, just the thought makes you exciting and giggly. As a kid, it means new stuff. As a big girl, it means an expensive time of year.
Back to school. And this is my last one.
Next Monday- well actually, Tuesday- is my last first day of school, at least for a year. I am having all the feelings right now, to say the least. I won’t bore you with my feelings, though.
Instead, I want to tell how about how I killed my trip to Target today. I don’t have a lot of money, and the beginning of the semesters are tight times of year. It seems like Christmas has barely passed when textbooks, food, and everything else is due at once.
I was really proud, though, of this trip. I really knew that I had to spend under $200 because I did not have more than that. This was a hard line in the sand. Goal: Maximize my $200 using only sales. This was an impromptu trip, so there was no time for coupons and planning.
Half way through the trip, my cell phone died! I hadn’t even noticed it was dying, but one minute it was on and then it wasn’t. I had been tallying up my total, which I didn’t even know at that point only to have it disappear in my hands. poof. gone.
I had to wing it, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous when I pulled up to the register. I had a cart full of stuff- literally, FULL- and a hard spending limit. I mentioned to the wonderful cashier that I was going to be watching the total as he went because I lost count. He laughed it off and said it wouldn’t be a problem.
Needless to say, I was very, very relieved to find that I spent exactly $150.16.
It’s still a lot of money, but there are at least 14 dinners and 12 lunches in their entirety. That’s not to count the snacks, apple sauces (one of my faves!), two boxes of oatmeal, and bits and pieces of meals.
I cannot wait for the day where my ItWorks business has given me a comfortable financial income, and I won’t have to worry about the price of feeding myself. I’m working my business every day to help people live better, healthier lives and gain financial freedom.
Here’s to starting the year on a good note!
Emilie is an Army Wife, Data Engineer, and CrossFitter with a love for working through her thoughts in this space on the internet. She lives with her husband Casey and their pup Bo in Savannah, GA.