Thursday, April 2, 2009

Spending Hiatus

Have you heard of this yet? I think it's a new buzz word for 2009. Well, I'm trendy! I want to try it!!! Actually, I've been thinking of doing something like this for a while now. I need to get back to the basics and scale down my life, not that my life is extravagant by ANY means.

So, here is how my spending hiatus will work: No non-essential spending for 3 months. Let's define non-essential: Anything besides food and basic needs. (For me, basic needs includes finishing the decorating of my house. I already have the fabric I need for my pillows so anything else I need I'm going to make.) I'm going to purge my belongings as well. I have way too many clothes that I do not wear, even though I tell myself I do. My kids have enough toys to furnish a good-size toy store and they are old enough now that we can definitely get rid of a large majority of them. Craigslist is going to become my new bff. And any $$$ we make from the sell of our belongings is going into a summer-fun fund. And I guess I can down-size my crafting supplies. Seriously, how often do I do anything crafty anymore? And I'll be getting rid of anything else that is lying around that I am tired of stepping over. It's gone!

I'm really excited to start this. I've actually been preparing mentally for this for a bit now. I knew it wasn't something I could just jump into. Here are some other amazing bloggers that have preceded my endeavours...Simply Lovely, The Hip Homemaker, and The Happy Living Blog. They have been doing it for a while now and they have a lot of inspiration and great ideas.

I may slip up once in a while so everyone help keep me on track. I'm hoping my spending mind-set is altered after this adventure. Let me know if any of you are doing something similar. I love to get those comments!


Jennifer said...

Let me know how that goes. Me on the other hand, I'm going to try and stimulate the economy!! ;-)

Mama Runner Parker said...

Well well well, I am actually doing something similar.

Instead of asking Steve to take me out once a week, I'm going to plan for 7 dinners at home for one month. Each week that I'm able to make it I'll invest $20 into Mary Kay Product.
Sidenote: we're going to the temple this Saturday (day before Easter) if you'd like to join us. And afterwards we'll probably grab a bite, so I won't get to invest my $20. Or maybe we'll grab a dollar menu treat and eat before hand. Not a bad idea...

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