Frugal February anyone? Money-Saving March anyone? I’m doing it. I am imposing a shopping ban on myself for the months of February and March. Have you ever done that–imposed a shopping ban on yourself? I really never have. I don’t go overboard with spending, but I want to change a few things and form some better habits when it comes to money.
If there was one positive that came out of the most recent government shut down, it taught me how to get by with less, way less. I’m still in less mode. I’m still in the basics of basics mode. Why not continue?
There are many unanswered questions. Can I go that long? What can I buy? What can’t I buy? Can I really do this? Do I really want to do this?
I have made myself some rules. If you are on my email list, you might remember a book I read about a shopping ban. It was called The Year of Less by Cait Flanders. The timing of that could not have been more perfect and really, maybe it was a sign. A sign to get my shit together and just quit spending money. A sign to start saving more. A sign.
Like I said, I don’t go overboard but there are definitely some places I can cut back and not feel like I am being deprived.
So, here are my rules, if you will, or my I can buy this, but not that list:
- No new clothes
- No new shoes
- No new workout clothes
- Can only buy things as they run out, for example deodorant or shampoo. How many of you have a shit ton of shampoos and conditioners? I bet a lot of you. Same with makeup.
- Can buy groceries of course. A girl’s gotta eat.
- No new notebooks, notecards, pens, etc. I am a notebook whore. Not even kidding. I love journals and notebooks and notecards. Any size, all sizes. I want them all. This one will be tough for me.
- No new books, except for my business and then I will limit that to one per month! I have enough. I really do. I love books. I love reading them, I love listening to them, but I have enough!
- I will unsubscribe to emails that are trying to persuade me to buy their stuff. Believe me, that is a lot of subscriptions.
- I can buy gifts, if needed.
- This is the last rule, but the most important rule. When I buy something, I will be asking myself if I really need it or if I just want it. This goes for everything I will be buying. THIS, is the most important rule.
I think this is a great place to start. I also plan on opening a separate savings account and stashing as much money as I can in there every month.
I have decluttered my closet and bathroom already and I have a few more things to declutter. I am ready to just get rid of crap.
If anyone wants to join, I would love the company and the accountability.
I will be checking in and updating at least once a week, and possibly more. I will let you know when it gets hard. I will let you know when it feels easy. I will let you know.
…off to unsubscribe to a crap ton of email lists. Later.