Nov 4, 2008

It's November already, folks...

Here are some goals for November:

1) Stop buying superfluous things: I seem to constantly spend money on things I don’t need. I don’t spend a whole lot at once on big-ticket items, but a bunch of little purchases still adds up. My weaknesses include: clothing, shoes, books and dvds. From here on out I’m going to try my best to stop buying these things. If I want something, I can ask for it for Christmas or just do without. Maybe I will post things here to be more responsible for them and also just to keep better track of how much I’m spending.

2) Try to have money left over at the end of the month: The last two months I’ve been scrounging around for money towards the end of the month. In November I want things to be different. I want to have at least a little bit of money left over so that I can put it towards something useful- saving for a new car, my IRA, or putting it towards my student loan. This kind of ties in with goal numero uno, above.

3) Read at least three non-school books: True, this is not a financial goal, but my personal reading has suffered since school started. I am so bogged down with readings for classes that I hardly do any outside reading anymore. But I’m going to try to read at least three books this month, including at least one nonfiction book. Any recommendations?


JR Moreau said...

Congrats on voting! Next year I'll try to do it in person ;-)

When I studied abroad I seriously read a book a day it seemed. Taking graduate courses there was a rush. I still managed to squeeze in 30 non-school books in a semester. Crazy right?

I'm reading "Jack's Notebook: A Business Novel about Creative Problem Solving" by Gregg Fraley as well as "Paco's Story" by Larry Heinemann. I recommend both

I'm a huge Thomas Pynchon and Hunter S. Thompson fan as well. I could go on for days about those.

As for reigning in frivolous spending, I've worked hard on that too. It's tough! Sometimes you feel deprived. So, in turn, I try to stay too busy to notice.

Dolly Iris said...

A few years ago I didn't know what to read at all because I had grown out of my old choices. I started reading books from Oprah's book club and was never disappointed. Now I mainly read finance books though.