I am not sure why my less than 1 year old laptop decided it doesn’t want to work anymore! I opened it up Saturday night only to received a “can’t find boot drive”. The next day, I headed over to Best Buy and prayed for a quick fix. Of course, my laptop wasn’t having any of that. I was given two options. For $80, I could have it fixed within 3 days. Or for no money, I could have it shipped to the repair center and have it worked on for free. The only down side is that it could take more than 2 weeks. This was an easy choice for me! I’ll take the free option, thank you very much!
So, now I am laptop-less and using iPhone or my husband’s work computer. I’ll be taking a mini-break from blogging until my baby returns! 🙂 Murphy’s law – gotta love it!
I almost made it though yesterday without spending. Despite waking up early, I packed a healthy lunch of red beans over rice and some fruit. Aside from going to work, I had no reason to spend any money. When I arrived to work after being out for 10 days, I saw “driving appointment” on my schedule. Several times a month, I have to drive about 20 miles round trip to an off-campus location for work. Usually I take the company car, but it was booked for the day. Despite being out of the office, I was still confident that I could go the day without pulling out the trusty wallet. A few minutes into driving, my gas light (aka the signal of doom) came on. I tried to convince myself that I could do all the driving I have to do on the little gas I had. But as the needle continued to lower as I drove and all creative thoughts of getting gas without paying for it vanished, I knew I had a gasoline purchase in my immediate future. Pulling into the gas station, I felt defeated (despite finding a great price). I should have stopped there, but it was as if I opened the flood gates. All of a sudden I needed bananas at the local grocery store. Of course a simple banana purchase turned into several other purchases totaling $17. I also found myself at the my favorite thrift store for kids clothing and I ended up spending $12 on clothing and costume for my daughter! Complete failure!
Well today is a new day and I determined to make it through! Nothings going to stop me today! No spending day #3, here I come!
This is a great post on the “power” of packing a lunch. For the month of September, I was constantly purchasing $8-$10 meals during lunch time mostly due to lack of planning and prep! October is going much better, but it still is tempting. I work close to some really great places to eat!