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Eight Months of Less: How My Cat Ruined My Budget

July 26, 2018

Can you believe that we are in July already? Where has the time gone? More importantly, where has my money gone?

This entire challenge should have been called, “How My Cat Ruined My Budget,” because I had to, yet again, spend money on my cat, Tiger. This purchase was one that I made with no regrets.  If you following my Instagram Story, you’ll know that I’ve struggled, every morning and evening, to stop Tiger’s meow-screams from Hell. It was unbearable and honestly taking a toll on my sanity. I researched the problem and found that a lot of cat owners use automated feeders to disassociate yourself as the food provider. I purchased a top-rated automated feeder and prayed to God and the cosmos that it would work.

A few days late, Tiger got use to the automated feeder and I now sleep on the weekends. Praise Japanese Jesus!

For anyone who is thinking about adopting or purchasing pets, I encourage you to consider the cost if they are injured, sick, or require special care, because it can cost hundreds or thousands.

In regards to my shopping ban: this month I’ve replaced a pair of sandals and have given away more clothing. I also went through my entire stock of makeup and separated single-use lipsticks to give to my coworkers. My closet looks manageable, but there is more I can do. I also signed up for the Sweat app, which wasn’t part of my budget, but was part of my physical health goal. I still have two credit cards to pay off, but I am seeing the light at end of the tunnel. Nevertheless, Tiger’s earlier vet visit have set me back further than I hoped.

In June, I began teaching as a adjunct professor at a local university for extra cash. It has been a fun experience that hope to continue through to the next semester. I also hand modeled – yes, hand modeled – for a cosmetics brand. It was a lot of fun and I hope to share the image soon if/when it becomes public. It definitely took me back to the days when I side hustled as a model in Japan.

Starting in August, I am going to take inventory of everything I purchase so that you can see where my money goes every month. You’ll see how much I spend on groceries, outings, pets, gym, rent, everything!

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 cat food

List of Non-Essentials

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

Approved shopping list

  • Desk chair

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