I'm tired of being broke!

I'm about to get real candid!  The truth is that I am tired of having no money and being broke all the time.  I'm tired of having to turn down nights out with my friends, because I need to wait for the next paycheck to come around.  How am I supposed to live my life when I'm holed up in my apartment in my pajamas watching Pretty Little Liars?  I need to save money and I need to do it now.  So, what I've decided to do is a money freeze.  50 days of no extra spending.

Here are my bills ~
Rent
Car/Apt Insurance
Weight Watchers
Car Payment
Planet Fitness
Firestone
Comcast
Chase Visa CC
Verizon Wireless
Groceries and Gas

I do have some events that have been scheduled for a while...the only exceptions are the following:

August 28th - my 30th birthday - dinner/drinks with friends
August 29th - Hair Cut/Color while I'm home for my birthday
September 28th - Dinner & Meeting Nicholas Sparks with Bestie

I've tried to be frugal in the past, but have totally sucked and failed at it. I love Target and can always manage to find more than what I need there.  When I wasn't drinking I managed to not spend as much. I had forgotten how much a beer at the ball game costs ($9)!  By making my efforts public (along with my weight loss) I am hoping to be a heck of a lot better at it.  I thought about waiting until September 1st, but why not just start now!  So I am.  I chose 50 days, because that takes me through the end of September.  I'm writing this on Sunday night (8/11/13), so this freeze officially started Monday, August 12, 2013.  I have balanced my checkbook (yes, I still keep a check book) and know exactly where I stand.  I am going to keep a meticulous record of my spending over the next 50 days.  There will be no random trips to Target, no movie theater, and no eating out (except for the events listed above that have been pre-planned).  I am forced to be on point about packing my lunch, because I will not be making lunch pick ups at Subway or Whole Foods.  I'm not saying that I won't slip up, but I'm going to do my darnedest to be really diligent about this.

Mom suggested that I get a second job; part time on the weekends.  I might still do that.  Especially when they're looking for Holiday help.  I want to try this first and see how it goes.

Here's to the cause... Wish me luck! 

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