No Spend September: Days 14-20

The week of the 14th through the 20th was spent trying to track down refunds for poisonous dog food, doing yoga, and trying to avoid giving in to wants.

Successes: Wednesday & Friday were entirely No Spend Days!

I also got a refund from Amazon for the dog food and a sincere apology that my dogs were ill from it.

Overall, I stayed under my weekly spending goal, which includes any “flexible” spending–so anything not a bill. Besides my “challenges” I only spent money on groceries and ended up with money to roll over to the next week. ¬†Considering what I’m about to list in my challenges, that’s a pretty great success.

Challenges: Once a year, the CSU Bookstore sends out 40% off coupons for one green “professional wear” shirt to all of the employees. ¬†You have to present your coupon with your name on it and your campus ID and it must be green, something you can wear to work, and not a jacket. ¬† Fridays are “Get Your Green On” days so most employees wear their CSU gear on these days. ¬†OF COURSE the coupon came during No Spend September. ¬†Because this is my one yearly shot at a discount for something I will put into the rotation of three shirts I can wear on Fridays, I bought a shirt for $37. ¬†It is Under Armour and I did not buy the really expensive vest that I REALLY wanted. ¬†This is my compromise and I’m content with it.

I bought the new Youth Lagoon record from Vinyl Me, Please because it was on sale for like a day and was a special edition. ¬†I’ve listened to it about 100 times (probably not an exaggeration) since so WORTH IT.

I bought a Pizza of the Week from Krazy Karl’s (whatever large specialty pizza they are promoting for the week for $8 instead of normally $13) because I didn’t have time to cook between work and yoga so I got carry out (no delivery fee or tip) and picked it up on my way home from work. ¬†I learned my lesson on why adults should avoid Campus West while school is in session.

I made the mistake of stopping at Arc after yoga one day.  I found a Fiestaware mug in a discontinued color because I have the best Fiestaware karma ever, a mirror for our mirror wall (wood frame!!!), and a Pendleton wool blazer that will be gifted to my aunt.  I spent $30.

This is our mirror wall, plus Cowboy Andy on Tour de Fat day.

This is the only picture I have of our mirror wall, so you get a bonus Cowboy Andy with a Genessee and coffee on Tour de Fat day.

Could have been worse.  Could have been better.  Not shopping is hard.

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No Spend September: Days 8-13

After a successful and fun-filled Labor Day Weekend, I started the next week by embarking on my yoga teacher training journey. ¬†It’s pretty hard to spend money when you’re booked for 11¬†hours a week in class, plus an additional minimum of 3 hours of yoga practice.

Day 8: $13 on groceries. ¬†First day of training and we jumped right into learning the flow we’ll be teaching.

Day 9: A day of moderate weakness. ¬†I used a BOGO coupon to get us dinner at Qdoba because I just could not fathom cooking because I was sick, Banjo was sick, and everything was too much. ¬†Dinner was $9 total. ¬†I probably would have spent more making the same things at the grocery store. ¬†Weakness continued when I invested $136 into yoga props during an extra 40% off sale at Sierra Trading Post. ¬†They don’t frequently have Manduka (an excellent, quality brand) props, so I got 3 types of bolsters, a wool blanket, and a hot yoga towel for the cost of one of the large bolsters. ¬†I will need all of these props if I ever teach yoga lessons, so I’m calling it a business expense. ¬†Shouldn’t have done it, but I regret nothing.

Day 10: No Spend Day!  I stayed home sick from work again.  Second day of teacher training and we were already teaching each other, which was exciting but I felt awful.  I earned $4.38 in interest and got a $3 ATM fee refund.

Day 11: Spent $25 on groceries/meds/remedies to make me and Banjo feel better. ¬†Poor Banjo was the saddest little pup I’ve ever seen. ¬†We cuddled all day. ¬†I gave him a coconut oil bath and he didn’t even fight it, which is very un-Banjo.

The saddest, itchiest dog in the world

The saddest, itchiest dog in the world

Day 12: UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. ¬†We realized the dogs were all having negative reactions to their new food. ¬†Banjo scratched sores into his belly, his eye was swollen shut, and he licked his snout raw. ¬†The other two were a little itchy, but were losing hair and that’s when we realized that it had to be the food, which was the only thing that had changed for all of them during the week. ¬†When I woke up and Banjo looked so miserable, I called the vet and got him an appointment for that morning. ¬†I spent $68 on a bag of their previous food and some treats that he could eat without an allergic reaction (the damn dog is allergic to chicken).

We went to the vet and after $280, a two week course of antibiotics, a steroid/antihistamine combo with complicated instructions, an anti-itch shampoo, an omega 3 supplement specifically for allergies, a probiotic that had better be made of bacteria that poop gold because it was $30 for a box, and instructions to make a coconut oil/turmeric/milk thistle mixture, Banjo is finally feeling better.  Thanks to my emergency fund for being able to handle unexpected vet visits.

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He was torn between hating us and appreciating our efforts to protect him from himself.

Later we went to a 70s party and I drank lavender soda, which I shouldn’t have purchased but it kept my mind off beer. ¬†I got to feel fancy for a hot second.

Day 13: NO SPEND DAY!  Because Banjo and I were too exhausted to leave the house or do anything.

A huge thank you to Dr. Kelly Keeny and Mulnix Animal Clinic, and a huge not-thank you to Taste of the Wild for trying to kill my dogs.