1.31.2013

Spending Binge, Then Freeze

I decided February is going to be a no-spend month. I typically go overboard in January. I spend Christmas and birthday gift cards and get myself all the presents left on my wish list. This year though, I had to spend a lot of my own money since I gave up my birthday for charity: water, and I went on a spending binge. Check out my haul from the last two weeks:

Zoya Moxie, Charisma and Arizona (I just paid shipping), Origins charcoal mask (I've heard good things), Warby Parker Sims glasses (thanks for helping me decide), Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer (the best), Clarisonic Mia (I'm been using it for a few days and I like it), iPhone 5 accessories, Bath & Body Works Orange Ginger shampoo and conditioner (they had this at our hotel in Park City and I fell in love), iPhone 5 with Elago case (just until I find a case I love; this one was only $8), Julep Maven subscription (I finally did it, thanks to Jessica for starting me off with a birthday gift card!), Coach Poppy Rollerball Duo (new to me), and DKNY Be Delicious Rollerball Duo (one of my old favorites).

I've already purchased Valentine's Day and Easter presents, and a birthday present for my friend.
Milo's birthday presents are wrapped and his party is paid for, except for the food we have to pick up that day.


I signed myself up for the Electric Run in August.


I also registered all four of us for the St. Pats Dash (5K) in March.


And I bought tickets for REO Speedwagon, Sesame Street Live, and NKOTB (with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees).


So yeah, I'd say I'm spent. Literally. Unfortunately my voluntary spending freeze that starts tomorrow has turned mandatory and will probably last longer than a month. Jacob works for the Department of Defense. He's not in the military, but he works for the Navy. Since Congress can't agree on a deficit reduction plan (which is four months overdue), the 2011 Budget Control Act will automatically cut $500 billion from the defense budget. These cuts are in addition to the agreed-upon $487 billion in reductions. Last week, Navy Region Northwest announced a hiring freeze and will lay off temporary and short term employees. The Defense Department is providing voluntary separation incentives and voluntary early retirements. None of that affects Jacob.

But this does. In order for the Navy to cut $4.6 billion, civilian employees would take one-day furloughs EVERY WEEK starting in April. So we're looking at 4-day work weeks until October. That's 22 days off, without pay. I'm all for having my husband home for three day weekends, but not for free. Another bummer is that nonessential travel would be cut. Which means the one month San Diego trip he was trying to get on this spring is out. And so is his training on the East Coast, were we planned to spend a long weekend in Boston. Boo!

Of course none of this is set in stone. Congress postponed the debt-reduction deal deadline to March 1, and they do everything at the last second, so maybe it'll all be just fine. But it's enough of a scare to open up dialogue between me and Jacob about how we spend and how we should spend. We live within our means, but we buy a lot of crap. Basically, we're all spoiled. We see something we like and get it. That has to stop. No more impulse buys. So be nice out there, bloggers. Don't make me too jealous of all the shiny new things you get! But seriously, I  know we don't have it bad at all. I'm thankful that he has a great job in this crappy economy and that I'm able to stay home with the boys. This is a great time for me to pay attention to where our money goes, budget, meal plan, and get creative with fun things to do. We'll just have to spend more time at the park with picnic lunches and there's nothing wrong with that!


13 comments:

Jo said...

Well at least you got a good shopping spree in before the freeze! Hope it all gets sorted soon (the deficit) so you can start shopping again

That's What She Read said...

man! that's alot of goods! I got Coach Poppy Blossom for Christmas and I LOVE it! good luck on the freeze, I admire self control like that, I should probably do something similar :s I can't wait to hear about the NKOTB concert!

Misty said...

That sucks that his hours have been cut, but at least he didn't lose his job. And I know you guys will make great use of those days off. I remember going to Sesame Street Live when I was a kid and loving it! My kids had a very short Sesame Street phase which makes me sad. I loved it so much as a kid.

And omg, NKOTB!

Gwen said...

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer IS the best, hands down.

Sorry about the reduced hours, and hopefully something will change soon because you're right, they ALWAYS wait till the last second. And I thought I was a procrastinator.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

SUCK! I hope something changes, those bastards do wait until the last second.

That being said, I actually think this current spending freeze I'm in has been good for my soul. Even though I am keeping a list of my Wants for when it's over. hahaha

jessica renee said...

Dang girl you went all out!! Good for you! ;) It really does suck about his job but hopefully something will get changed soon and you won't have to stress and worry about that. I can't wait for you to start your Julep subscription, it's so fun!

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

Awwww no San Diego :-( I do hope it changes though because budgeting is hard...

Good luck with your no spend february!!

Karen Peterson said...

I am totally going to NKOTB. I don't really care about Boyz 2 Men or 98 Degrees, but I am NOT missing my New Kids again!

tara said...

glad you got a good spending spree in before your spending freeze! you got some of my fave products: clarisonic, julep, UD primer potion, etc!

Kimberlee Van Der Wall said...

Aw I'm sorry to hear about the cuts. It will definitely be an interesting trying to find creative ways to save money. I definitely spent too much after Christmas trying to buy the stuff I didn't get. Should put myself on a ban for a month :x Good luck!!

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

aw sorry to hear about the job situation. My husband's school had a weird dis-enrollment number this spring so he now has 4/5 classes which means a pay reduction...just when we're trying to save/ buy a house :( oh well because he has a verbal offer to stay at that school next year so whatever gets him tenure :) I love urban decay primer..it's my fave! and I hear ya on the no-spend...I'm back on it, but going thru severe withdrawals right now...I might have to go shopping a bit :O

Jen said...

I hope everything works out with Jacob's job. It's so scary when you are just playing the waiting game. I need to try that nail polish. I've heard great things about it.

Jodie said...

I'm going on shopping hiatus this month too!! I can already tell it's going to be so hard for me!! Good luck girl!! We should be accountable for each other!!