21-Day Financial Fast Offers Chance for Reflection

10207_10151981969443381_2102068173_nDAY TWO _ The day can be summed up in a single moment. When I got ready to type my credit card numbers into a shopping site, I quit the site, closed the computer and went to read a book.

Yep, that’s what this abstinence from unnecessary spending has meant.

I ended today’s effort reeling from the fact that I did not waste money. It was weird. It was exhilarating. It felt good. For the first time in a long time, I am actually thinking about how I’m spending money.

When I signed on for Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary’s 21-Day Financial Fast, I did it with serious intentions. I just didn’t know how long I’d last.

Now I’m trying to figure out why I haven’t paid more attention before.

That moment when I closed the computer, I was actually about to buy a boot hanger for my closet. Suddenly, I realized “I do not need this.” My boots are fine, lined up in the bedroom I converted into a closet two years ago. I didn’t need a boot hanger. Besides, I told myself, if I really want it, I can wait and buy it after the Super Bowl.

Instead, I read a book that I’d gotten from the library (instead of buying it from the bookstore – Sorry Barnes & Noble) and made dinner – for the second day in a row – which means I’ve already saved $100 bucks in just two days.

But more important than anything, I’m thinking before spending. If that is what this fast really is about, I’ve already won.