Money Drunk Money Sober: 5 Efforts I have made to control spending

For this current time period, I am working through Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan’s book Money Drunk, Money Sober before I work through the Prosperous Heart. The following blog entries are in response to prompts and experiences from the book. I see this as an extension of my Artist’s Way work. Some of my entries are jarring and highly personal – any program of sobriety and self-improvement demands admitting dysfunction both personally and in family, and it also calls to admit some painful truths. While not everything I work on appears here, a number of realities do. I have a genuine body of work thanks to my work on the Artist’s Way program, and I can’t ignore the changes the continual commitment has brought about. Because of that, I also can’t ignore what going further into the harder aspects of the program – like facing money issues – has the potential to improve.

snipped credit cards

  1. Abandoning anything resembling a credit card, credit line, or way to rack up consumer debt. There is no “just for Di” debt method. I’m much more conscious when it’s NOT just me on the account.
  2. The weekly cash limit – I take out a set amount of cash; I use this for when I go out socially.
  3. Increase TV consumption. Mike and I collect a lot of TV shows because we like them, but also, because it’s cheaper entertainment than going to movies.
  4. The Giant Spreadsheet. During credit counseling, I maintained an Excel spreadsheet that tracked every cent in and out. I even planned clothing purchases up to 6 months in advance.
  5. The free stuff to do approach. For artist’s dates, I keep an eye on free and low-cost stuff to do – especially easy and useful in the summer in the Twin Cities.