The holidays are over and I feel like I need a financial cleansing. I'm embarking on a 21-day financial fast. No restaurants, fast-food, after work drinks, gifts, shopping or even window shopping. You can only buy the essentials: groceries, health/medicine, school and work supplies.
The fast is for people who are overwhelmed with debt and people like me - not debt ridden but want to curtail consumption. The new year has also brought about new expenses. Last year I did the fast and the exercise taught me to curb impulses. A few kind souls did take me out to dinner. There are plenty of creative ways to have fun especially in a city like Chicago. I look forward to taking advantage of the Art Institute's free days.
Once again I will be joined by my sister and some of her friends in the fast. A couple of my friends have decided to take part as well. The timing couldn't be better for my sister; in order to renew her vehicle registration today she had to pay off $400 parking tickets. She may not save as much money as she wanted during the fast, but a looming bill is now resolved. On a brighter note, someone is a taking her to the movies tonight.
I've already loaded up on lunch and snack food.