I’m Crazy…

Now some of you will immediately have Patsy Cline enter your brain waves crooning ever so beautifully “I’m Crazy”. If you don’t who Patsy Cline is…then shame on you, shame on your family, shame on your cow.

Really what I’m trying to reference is the Albert Einstein quote for Insanity “doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.” I totally could be the poster child for this campaign. As I delve into setting goals, I am searching and reviewing patterns that I have created for myself. A couple of really BIG issues have come out of my in-depth review that I’m having a hard time admitting to myself. You may have already known these about me but until I admit to myself – speaking to me about these issues would’ve been pointless.

Ok, here we go…Truth No 1 about me and money.  I never fully commit! There I said it. (and yes, I know, it goes into every area of my life!). I can speak all day about Dave Ramsey, cash flows and cash envelopes…but none of it will work for me if I’m not admitting that I’m fully committed to it.  Why do I still over spend…DEBIT CARD. My very own kryptonite.

Truth No 2 – I rob Peter to pay Paul. Every chance I get. This is the practice of let’s say, taking money from Emergency savings to purchase a luxury items or to have fun money. Money specifically set to aside for one purpose but used for other “non-essential” items. It is a bad habit.

With that being said, my goals for 2017 will be “How do I effectively change these habits” and “how will I track it?”

Hold on dear friend, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Money Truths

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Oh, I left ya hanging

I am a bad blogger girl. I totally started on the Spending Freeze only to take off on a Summer break. Naughty! eh…as you know, I will get there…eventually.

The first fifteen days were awesome. I was on track, bills only being paid and the occasional item from the grocery store.  Then, I had a flare.

As well all know by now, my addiction is money. I has it, I spend it.  With the triggers set off, I went cray cray. The last part of the month was a nightmare. What I learned is that my spending habits are triggered by boredom, pain, depression-like symptoms, and the “I just want to feel better” excuse.

In order to prepare myself for another round of this in March, I have to start dealing with these triggers now. So with a bit of research on the interwebs, I found an article on keeping a food mood tracker. (and I lost the source). The author suggested to add four labels for the degrees of eating…(n) for normal, (f) something fun, special occasion, (m) for mindless eating and (b) for a binge.

Princess Fergie (one of my fave peeps btw), once said, while being a brand ambassador for a weight loss company, that “once you get your weight in proper perspective, money then follows right behind it” (very, very, very loosely translated). This simple lettering system can help me with not only my food journal but my spending as well.

Beginning October 1st, I will have a separate passport sized expense tracker just for this newest challenge I have for myself.

What has worked for you to keep your spending in check?

Finance Tracking

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Thrift Shop Day

I love going to my local thrift hops (they are hops cuz I have like four within my community. As much as this spending freeze is liberating…I do miss my thifting.

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Baby Step 2 – Eh

Debt. It’s my least favorite four letter word. It’s a virus that is far worse than my chronic illness. It can keep you up at night, sick with worry and angst.

It’s not easy to dig your self out. In a world of instant coffee to instant news, we want it to go away…right now, quickly, be done and gone.  Sadly, it didn’t take me over night to get into debt so guess what? it’s going to take a bit to get out of it.

I’m just about half way through a ten plan to rid myself of debt. Since discovering Dave Ramsey, I’ve been working Baby Steps 1 and 2 for what seems like an eternity.  Bright side is, each move that debt gets lower.

You gotta do the work!

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Baby Step 1

When I wrote my Gathering Acorns post, I had just started using the Acorns app for future use down road for investments. However, I changed my mind. (I’m a woman, it’s what I do). Instead, I am using it as a way to grow my Emergency Fund to $1k. I am 1/3rd the way there…and I haven’t touched it! I’m actually very happy about this. Growing money ain’t easy!

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Is it cold in Here?

Are you ready? Today starts the Spending Freeze challenge!!! Meals are prepped, all income for pay periods are accounted for and my cash flow is to zero. Let’s get this party started!

Just a quick reminder, follow me on Twitter for some daily commenting on this journey, plus there will be an upcoming YouTube video reviewing how I’m doing on my first ten days of the freeze.

We. Can. Do. This.

#DFKFreeze2016 #31dayslwsz

#DFKFreeze2016 #31dayslwsz

My Do’s and Don’t for This Month

Do –

  1. Cash Flow Budget Loaded into Everydollar
  2. Since I am not participating with the “Eat Only From Your Pantry”, I will be menu planning my breakfast and lunches. Due to my family situation, groceries are part of my cash flow and I do not consider that spending, it’s a budgeted item
  3. Consider this a game, the goal is to save at least $100 to add to my emergency fund.
  4. Have fun.
  5. Use what you got.


  1. Don’t give in to deprivation thinking. This will make you spend.
  2. If you are stressed, go for a walk
  3. You can shop, you just can’t spend.
  4. Keep a daily log if you need to see what you may have spent that day.
  5. Don’t use sink funds to pay other items.

Here we go!

Prepping for a Spending Freeze

A no…what?

Stop laughing, I can do this. I’ve tried before but failed. So why am I trying this again (in August, all thirty-one days). I failed before because I did not prep for battle. As always, I galloped toward the melee of “I’m going to do this” with out properly out-fitting myself with the battle plan.

Ok, Lissy, what is so different this time.  Well, let me introduce Ruth Soukop to you. She the wonderful lady behind the blog Living Well Spending Less and the author of Unstuffed. I’ve been following her for about a year when I came across her 31 day spending freeze challenge (you know I love me a challenge).

This year, I picked August for my Spending Freeze. This is mostly due to the fact that I don’t have any holiday’s, birthday’s or appointments for the month. I equipped myself with all the emails that came with the challenge in three-ring binder and have begun my prep.

First step – don’t stock up. Use what ya got, or do without! (or borrow, barter, exchange)

Second Step – Inventory your resources. Check the pantry, freezer, you know the drill!

Third Step – Menu plan. Ugh, srsly, this is the worst step ever! I’m working on this prep step now. By the end of July I will have a meal plan for my breakfast and lunches…oy!

Forth Step – Give yourself an End Goal – Mine, I would like to put what I have saved towards my emergency savings.

Fifth Step – Do the activities recommended in the challenge (you can also pick up a kindle version of the challenge on Amazon.)

Sixth Step – Motivate yourself! I picked out some Dave Ramey quotes to add to the days that I’m thinking of tapping out of the challenge.

Seventh Step – Clear your schedule of money inducing commitments. Let your friends know that you’ll be staying in, celebrating financial success and you’ll have beers with them next month.

So, you up for the challenge?  If so, follow me on twitter with the hashtag #DFKFreeze2016, I’ll be posting daily of my trials and tribulations of the challenge starting August 1st!


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Instant Gratification is a Thirty Day Wait

Ever heard the quote from the movie Postcards from the Edge “instant gratification takes too long?” Oh, I am so that girl. I want it and I want it now. If ya know me, this has caused some pretty embarrassing moments in my life (which I will be sharing in my memoir, when I’m ninety, and living in Prague, yelling at children to get off my lawn.)
With respect to recent work changes in my life, I knew I needed a system to help me curb purchases over $50 that I would want to buy on impulse. I can easily waltz into the circle circle dot store and spend that much on pens and household goodies. I needed a change to allow me to budget/reward myself with items that I “think” I want (not really need). Say, like a KikkiK planner (what? I like planners).
Recently, I had completed a cleaning challenge with InkWellPress and I really, really wanted a Baum-Kucken zip wallet for my Midori Traveler’s notebook. I had the money, I could have easily just bought it. Instead, I rewarded myself with the zip well after the challenge was up and only because I finished it.


That’s one way to save up for what you want and not got instantly cray cray and buy it on impulse. Remember that planner I bought on impulse due to stress…not so happy about it.
I now take a post it note, flip my planner to thirty days down the road and write out what I want. Either the feeling will go away or I will have saved up and be ready to purchase.
This is not in any way an unique technique. Any financial guru will tell you to wait on big purchases, I just haven’t been listening.