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11:40 am
Thu February 6, 2014

21 Day Blog: 10 Things I Learned

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  So yesterday was the last of the 21 Day Financial Fast and although I didn't update every day I want to share what I learned across the entire 21 Days.

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Financial Fast
5:55 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

21 Day Blog: Entitlement vs. Contentment

Credit Lindsay Myers

After spending this weekend in a resort town and reflecting on my finances some themes emerged that Michelle Singletary brings forward in these past few days: entitlement and contentment.

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Financial Fast
6:51 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

21 Day Blog: Financial Fast Freeloader Edition

Credit Sarah Parrot

  Today started and ended with some of my weak spots. I planned ahead but I'm not sure if I can say I succeeded because instead of fasting, I freeloaded! Let me explain. I started my morning off with a meeting at a local coffee shop I frequent. I made my coffee at home and I also brought some home-juiced carrot and ginger juice to drink with my meeting. When I arrived at the shop my source was already there so I sat down with her and my regular barista asked if I wanted some water and I accepted. A few minutes later she brought me a delicious coffee beverage "on the house." 

She knew about the fast.

First off, thanks barista-friend! I delighted in that hand-crafted-with-love coffee. It was delicious. But I felt a little guilty because I knew it was against the spirit of the fast. Later, in a caffeine-induced craze (I also packed a thermos of coffee for work) I thought about Michelle Singletary's emphasis of the day- that fasting allowed us to bless others long term. In the short term other people blessed me.

After work I encountered my other weakness: happy hour meetings. I popped into a local pub to meet some friends to hash out a project we have been working on. Immediately my friend Chris tells me to put my order on his tab. 

"Did you know I'm on a spending freeze?" I questioned suspiciously. 

No, he was just being nice. I did explain to him what I was doing- then promptly ordered a beer.

On the other hand, I did eat cheese and crackers for lunch.

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Financial Fast
10:32 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

21 Day Blog: Financial Fast Day Two

Credit Consumerist Dot Com

Day Two:

Yesterday I blogged about starting the financial fast and what the "rules" are. I have to confess to already breaking one: on my first day I bought something!

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