I am amazed at how I find inspiration some days. I was browsing Fb and came across this article:
It had me thinking about how I could offer myself more discipline and only buy what I “need.” Living in America a “need” is a funny word…right? I mean, I have been to third world countries where needs are a completely different thing.
Just buying my “needs” is probably unrealistic. I will have to work up to that. I know just off the top of my head the number one luxury expense that we spend on, is eating out. I would like to eat out less but Rob loves eating out. So I try to go out once a week on his day off to make him feel happy. But then sometimes we will eat out several days a week depending on life ect. So I would like to go back to just once a week unless there is a special occasion.
Our other expensive habit ( as a family) would be pet supplies. We are always buying the dogs stuff. Stuff they don’t need….we as a family love to go to Petco and drop a pretty penny on ridiculous stuff. I am not sure I will stop that..so much. but maybe be more mindful of the dogs’ needs. They must have chew toys ect. We spend a lot of money on this each month.
So looking at my spending habits there are a few things that I buy regularly and I have a healthy supply. Healthy as in I can probably go a year without buying any….and be fine. But for some reason I still buy. So I am thinking next year, I am going to not buy these things unless I completely run out.
- makeup (I do get a monthly IPSY bag…but Clarissa pretty much takes that)
- quilt kits ( I buy kits and rarely put them together because I like picking my own stuff out better) So I need to quit buying them. Although, I have been buy a few lately just so that I can have a “planned” project for a line of fabric rather than just buying yardage not knowing what I am going to do with it.
- I think, I really have cut down on buying fabric for myself. Now with designing I will be sewing for samples ect and I won’t have as much time to sew from my stash. So I will really need to keep that type of spending to a minimum. so a reasonable fabric fast is probably in order
I am going to watch my habits in the next few months to see where else I can trim the fat. This isn’t just a budget exercise but also just a need to simplify. These last few months, I have been cleaning out closets, rooms, sheds, ect and I have so much stuff and I have gotten rid of so much stuff….and there really isn’t a need for so much stuff. It’s overwhelming. Causes so much work ….dusting, cleaning, moving, finding a place for it ect. Why do we do this to ourselves? My house is also my business so I have areas dedicated to that …and I need certain things for that. But honestly there are so many things I have been able to part with and I feel good about it. However, I have also added some large pieces of furniture to organize, display ect. So I still feel like I am accumulating. Although, honestly, I got rid of WAY more than I brought in….success. There was a purpose.
So I am thinking I will be doing a continuing “cleanse” of stuff. some stuff I couldn’t part with now….but maybe on the next round when I realize it’s not being used I will be parting with it . I also feel good because in most instances. I was able to purge my stuff and give it to people who were selling it for a cause important to them. That makes me feel good as well. If you come to my house you will still think it’s full and over stuffed. I don’t think I will ever be a minimalist. My mind can’t even wrap around that concept. But I think, I am getting better and better. collecting junk doesn’t make me happy. I have a few things I collect that make me happy. family photos, family heirlooms, quilts, fabric and food.
I am getting way better about not buying so much food. I am trying to use everything up and just buy what we need. As far as my list above….those are honestly things I use every single day. But I don’t need to keep a 1-2 year supply on hand. I can just use what I have and buy as I need it. I think when the kids were home I was always hoarding & stocking up because we went through things so quickly. We were on a strict budget, so I had to buy when I had money or when things went on sale. I can change that mentality now and not worry about “storing” so much. It will free me up.
I think this exercise is going to be good for me. I will keep you updated on my progress and pay attention to what is happening as I go along.
I want to see how I feel when I don’t give in to the urge, see how my budget is affected and also see how my closets and drawers start to change because I don’t need to constantly organize to fit everything in. I think I waste so much time trying to fit everything in.
What things do you think you could give up? Lets share ideas.