|That was almost me|
For example, when I first moved to Rhode Island, five years ago, it took me six weeks to find a job. That was pretty awesome as it gave me six weeks to go exploring, make new friends and acclimate to my new home, but it also gave me time to burn through almost all of the money that I had spent a year and a half saving.
Without having a paycheck to look at weekly or bi-weekly (hopefully never monthly, that would be really hard), I allow myself to fantasize that I have larger sums of money than I do. I forget that take-home pay is significantly less because of all those pesky taxes, and I forget how long it takes to save up money. When I have that number in front of me, I can just do the math and not go overboard with my spending. It's much easier for me to color within the lines than to go all free-form, man.
So I am presently in that lull between paychecks again, and I'm not sure exactly when I'll have some more money coming in. It could be as much as three weeks, so now more than ever, I need to be sensible. Also, I'm flying without a budget for the first time in four years, so everything is chaos!
So, for the next few weeks, I'm operating on a system of full disclosure. I will be documenting every extraneous penny, and I charge you, blogosphere, with keeping me in line and calling shenanigans, should I need it.
My first order of disclosure, is to show you the awesome new boots I bought myself as an "I got an awesome job and need proper footwear for walking to work" present. And I'm done buying myself presents, that can get out of hand really quickly.