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Eight Months of Less: April Update

April 28, 2018

Hello, mi gente! Time has flown by and it’s time for another update!

Earlier this month my cat, Tiger, was taken to the veterinarian for a urinary tract infection. Who knew that cats can get those? Either way, it was a $300 major blow to my wallet. From now on Tiger also has to eat special prescription cat food that cost $44 for an eight-pound bag. I love him, but I hate the fees.

For situations like this it’s important to have, what I like to call, a Fuck It Fund.

Got a flat tire? Fuck It Fund! Need some cushion while you’re in between jobs? Fuck It Fund! Your A/C is broken? Fuck It Fund! You cat got a UTI? Well, you get the picture.

In the past, I built my Fuck It Fund by saving $80 from each check. Eighty dollars doesn’t seem like much but it’s enough to accumulate some monies while still be able to pay for necessities. The Fuck It Fund isn’t like a savings account where you are accumulating funds to XYZ reason. The Fuck It Fund is for those days where you cannot with the situation and mentally exclaim, “Fuck it.” Establish your FIF ass soon as possible! Trust me, you will be grateful for it in the future.

Prior to Tiger’s UTI, I purchased a replacement to my previously broken ukulele – a fancy pineapple ukulele by Kala. Do I regret it? No, but that, mixed with Tiger’s vet visit, did cause me to struggle in my quest for less. On the bright side, I’ve done another purge and donated clothes and other goodies. I still have more go to, and I will soon sell some of the larger items that Stephen and I possess.

Until then, I have my essentials, non-essentials, and approved shopping list:

List of Essentials:

  • Toiletries (replenish only)
  • Cosmetics (replenish only)
  • Groceries
  • Gas
  • Date & Vacation Jar contribution
  • Gifts
  • Pet-related items including grooming and Tiger’s billion-dollar catfood

List of Non-Essentials

  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Cosmetics (for the hell of it)
  • Geekery
  • Comemierderia

Approved shopping list

  • Bridesmaid dress for my best friend Amy’s wedding
  • Desk chair
  • Dress hemming for my cousin Amanda’s wedding
  • Repair heels (new addition!)

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