Friday, April 27, 2012

No Spend Month: Learning to be dental student-thrifty

Last week I met someone who put herself through college by working three jobs. I could not believe it. "Sometimes I changed in my car between jobs." She had to make sacrifices but paying for college on her own was worth it. "Plus," she said, "I have really good time management skills now."

Chatting with her got me thinking: I want to contribute perhaps 0.0004% of my dental school tuition with the money I earned. Plus I need to learn to be smart with money and not follow every pay day with a shopping spree the next day.

My friend also told me- this is how smart this sassy lady was- that working three jobs made saving easier. She didn't have time to go out and spend money, in a positive feedback kind of way.


#21 on my 25-before-25 list is to not spend any money for 30 days. (This is a more common challenge than I thought.) I'm giving it a shot this upcoming May. I have a full freezer and pantry items I need to finish before moving out, so this will be good in more ways than one. Exceptions: bills, food (groceries only), graduation celebrations, moving/packing necessities. So if you wanted to grab dinner with me... hope you like Chick-Fil-A.

It only takes 21 days to form a habit. My 30-day challenge should be a good start to financial savvy-dom in dental school. I am hoping this makes me a bit more creative and a lot more grateful, because I am lucky to have a No Spend Month by choice.

Anyone else up for a No Spend Month challenge?

18 comments:

  1. Good experience!! but why only 0.0004%?

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    1. I'm exaggerating! It's really more like 0.04%... (wow)

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