I double oopsed yesterday, I used my debit card and I raided the coin jar. Both were due to nothing less than lack of planning on my part. In my haste to get out the door yesterday morning, I forgot to grab a couple dollars for the coffee date I had after work. Oops. $3.50 on debit. I also had to wrangle $2.75 from the mortgage extras jar so that I would have bus fare to get down to the university and pick up my bus pass. *facepalm* So, I owe that money back to the jar next time I'm distributing it through the envelopes.
I'm not going to give up and say cash only is too hard and go back to using debit. Nope. This was a hiccup, and I learned a few things from it:
1) I have to put the money I need into my wallet the night before I actually need it. Relying on my foggy spaced out morning brain is just a disaster waiting to happen.
2) I need to leave about $4.75 in loose change outside of the coin jar, for small cash only expenses like bus fare, where I can't use dollar bills.
3) I need to find my glue gun and actually glue the lid of my mortgage extras jar down so I don't raid it in the future.
Thankfully these were small expendatures. I'm glad I learned my lesson on something reasonably painless like this. The first few weeks were going to be the toughest anyway. Onwards and upwards.