So, I know some of you are thinking "Well... you've got to spend SOME money this year don't you!?" and my answer to all of ya'll (imagine that with a southern twang) is "Yes, I will have to." Oh yeah, I'll HAVE TO. Force me why don't you. I imagine that this will kind of be like a person who is in Overeaters Anonymous who must still eat but can only consume the "right" stuff. Where it would be a whole lot easier if you could just eliminate it completely from your life.
The goal of this whole spending fast is to get my spending back on track, save some money and get rid of a lot of the clutter and time sucking that comes along with having a lot of stuff and buying the new stuff. Managing it, maintaining it, cleaning it, rearranging it, you know.
Plus, I want my priorities to go like this: people and relationships are #1 and I don't want things to be at the top or even close to the top of the list. Where as now, that can become questionable sometimes.
Setting up my priorities like that makes sense.
Obviously, situations will happen this year that I won't be able to predict, so I'm gonna have to weigh those unexpected situations and remember that my motto has to be "Make Do and Mend" rather than "Make More to Spend, More."
Ok. So. Here is the brutal break-down of how things will be going down this year:
What I will have to spend money on:
Utilities (keeping lights and water off as much as possible; keeping the thermostat at 68 and wearing a hat and long johns inside, if needed)
Cell phone (taking the internet off of it- that's unneeded)
Food (store bought, off brands, in season fruits and veggies and only when I run out of stuff in cupboards)
Gym membership (local gym, it's reasonable and health is important)
Photography exhibits (done inexpensively)
Box hair dye (hey, I have needs)
What I'm NOT spending money on:
Gifts (sorry friends and family... homemade crafts or re-gifting will be happening. Hopefully you all like macaroni magnets.)
Coffee at coffee shops (sad face)
Clothes (remember: "Make Do & Mend!" and in honor of that I need this. haha!)
Etsy stuff (another sad face)
New business cards (I have a bad habit of getting new ones because I like a different design better)
Coats (see Clothes above)
Fancy html email service (down-sizing it)
Decorative house stuff
Fancy haircuts at fancy hair shop
New music from itunes
There you have it. There's no way it can be completely comprehensive but I think it's a good start.
And, my new name is Mrs. Cheapskate. Nice to meetcha'.
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