Can you believe it's been over six months since I started
"SPENDING CLEANSE 2013!!!" ?
The good news: I still haven't bought myself any clothing. Not a sock. Not a seriously needed belt-- nada.
Also, I am wearing the same flip flops that I have owned now for nearly a decade. That should be like 100 years in flip flop years (p.s., I called 'em "thongs" while growing up thank you).
Are ya still with me in this spending cleanse? WERE you ever with me in this spending cleanse??
To keep things clean and honest,
I bought this for the kids ("But it's half off! And it's so cheap and it's a good size and . . ."). And many days, I regret its purchase, since its use typically ends in crying and/or bloodshed.
And then I bought this.
Because I've like, "Always wanted one!" and "It's like, 70% off!"
Hello, lovely ice cream maker.
You make my fro-yo so smooth and delightful.
Do you know what happened here? How I broke down and bought this stuff?
Because my family suggested it.
Moral: don't trust family. Bad influences. Every time.
The problem here, is not just buying crap I don't really need when I'm trying to be a super saver. It's not any one thing--
it's all of it. Couple extra trips for pizza. An ice cream maker. Hitting a movie here and there.
Bam. Right back where I started. Well, not really, because before it was baaaaaad (sheep bleating voice), but,
I thought to myself one Saturday night, belly full of Chinese and a Redbox about to start: "Well, I did a really good job up til now. I can just let this one go and quit and go on as we were before. . . "
I am a lot of things. A mother. Annoying. Listener of too much music. Fro yo eater. But I am not a quitter, and this resolution still means a lot to me.
I felt what it was like to see money flushed down the toilet, and savings drain away, and to feel out of control and senselessly spending, and I can't go back there I can't. . .
Oh! Did you hear that?
Belt just got tightened.
Apparently, I lose sight of the end goal when I don't have specific, monthly goals to stick to. I'm forced back to my monthly list.
So it has come to this.
1. No one needs any clothes. We just don't. We're good.
2. Tchotcke, extra "stuff" purchases of any kind are a no-no.
3. I will get my internet bill down. Oh yes. . . I will.
4. Entertainment purchases/expenses for this month are completely banned.
5. Eating out is also completely banned with a couple very slight, pre-planned outings.
6. The purchasing of extra, unneccessary and always unhealthy foodstuffs at the grocery store are also against the code.
7. Lowe's & Home Depot trips: grounded.
8. No Chinese for me.
Can we talk about what I've learned through all this? Again?
-I've learned that shopping was actually a hobby for me. And I missed it when I first cut myself off. And on that note,
-I've learned that in my attempt to completely organize and declutter my house, coupled with curbing excessive spending, is that my past need to purchase and collect "stuff" is absolutely counterproductive to organizing a home.
Not purchasing "stuff" and keeping a home organized are 100% connected.
-An awesome excuse to purchasing is "I've always wanted one." Have you noticed that? If you throw out "It's always been my dream to. . . " or "it's all I ever wanted. . ."
(the list of crap I want probably isn't my best idea)
then suddenly, it's like someone is squashing your lifelong dream and you can't not buy/spend whatever you wanted on that thing, because dang, it's important, people!
It works, serious. Try it in a sentence this week.
-Those purchases I made that I couldn't pass up because they were such a smoking hot deal? ("$5 shoes for the kids? Don't mind if I do!") They're typically the things that don't really get used, because they weren't really needed. And they clutter, and end up donated.
whilst I whip myself back into shape and again promise to behave for the rest of the year and see this all through,
next year will be different. I think I've disconnected myself to "stuff". I won't be purchasing a lot of it if I can help it. But ya know what I will be spending more moolah on?
Doing. I will intentionally be planning stuff we can "do". Together. I'm excited.