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The End of the Month

April 28th, 2015 at 02:26 pm

So. I've spent 87% of my budget. I have only today, tomorrow and the next day to get through. I've essentially accomplished my goal, but I still want to spend! I really had to talk myself down from a muffin and coffee at the station. And I knew I had food at work to tide me over once I got there! There is something about that treat that makes the morning seem better.

Of course, in two months, I won't be faced with such temptations any more, but there will probably be other temptations to deal with.

I'm looking forward to just fixing food at home and eating it, rather than always packing food, and always having to plan for portable meals. I'm looking forward to making doctor's appointments without having to take a whole day off. Heck, I'm looking forward to sleeping past 4:45 AM! I know that retirement will have its challenges, but in many ways it will also be an incredible relief.

I won't be retiring from my board position, however, and this Friday, in that capacity, I will be working registration for a sponsored workshop. I'll have a free lunch, but I will also have a hefty parking fee. (It's at Navy Pier.) At least I am riding with someone, so we will split the cost.

I forgot my phone today, but remembered my charger. How dumb is that? Smile

5 Responses to “The End of the Month”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    Avoiding temptation--one of life's biggest hurdles for some of us. Your retirement sounds very nice--have you done any planning on what a "typical" day might be like for you? One of the joys of London for me was to have a list of things I wanted to do, and allocate them as I pleased.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Hmmmm. Well, at first I'm just going to sleep more! Then I think I'll roughly schedule my days -- set aside blocks of time for errands, housework, writing, walking, art, music (playing and listening). I think I'll do a museum day once a month (there are so many I haven't even seen!). There will be some babysitting, too, I'm sure! There are two possible road trips coming up, and then there will be a new grandchild in September!

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Maybe in preparation for your upcoming retirement you could set yourself a challenge to live on the income you will be receiving when you retire?

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    CB - Have you tried making muffins similar to the ones you like in the station?

  5. CB in the City Says:

    VS, that's what I'm doing now; the budget I'm referring to is my post-retirement budget.

    FT, I do bake muffins sometimes, but mine are never as good! Don't know what the trick is!

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