I’m a bit frustrated and upset with myself for not controlling my spending after I initiated the spending diet for Mike and myself. It’s hard for me to say no to a happy hour invitation, especially since some of my friends don’t know about our rtw trip and therefore our plan to be conservative in our spending. So I accept, and immediately regret my decision. In fact, I also just agreed to take a weekend trip to NYC with a girlfriend to visit a mutual friend. We’ll have free lodging and I can probably use a free round-trip bus voucher, but the drinks and food and cab rides will certainly add up. The reason I’m having trouble saying “no” is because I find it difficult to deny myself happiness in the present just so I can save $10 for the future. It’s hard to wrap my mind around it right now, but of course I’ll want/need the money later. Because of that, I’ve at least been taking steps in the right direction, such as scheduling no more than one happy hour per week. At last week’s happy hour, I gave myself a goal of spending no more than $20, and spent $14! But I realize that still isn’t good enough and has to change. So my new goal is to spend no more than $20 per week on non-necessities, which include happy hour drinks, buying instead of bringing food into work and … um, those are really the only things I need to work on. I haven’t purchased new clothes since we decided to take a rtw trip and I don’t often spend my money on other non-consumables. I guess I’ve done a good job of adopting the “If you won’t take it on our trip, don’t buy it” mindset. I’m also proud of my newfound self-control to not purchase sweets like my beloved Skittles and ice cream. Baby steps, people, baby steps. After mastering the $20/week spending limit, I will slowly lower the amount (hopefully this won’t take very long) and challenge myself to see just how frugal I can be. I guess that means eventually cutting out happy hours, or just sticking with water (lame, I know). Any tips?