On a personal level, this is partly about my family's needs, and partly a lesson in personal growth. We live such a comfortable life that it is easy to forget that that next purchase is not the most important thing, that my
I am so fortunate, and so thankful, for the life that we are able to live. One small way that I can show this is by appreciating what I have, and not simply replacing it at every opportunity. My plan is to go 12 months, beginning on January 1st, without purchasing anything for myself. No makeup. No clothes. No random trips to Starbucks. Three of my biggest weaknesses! I plan to chronicle my (mis)adventures here, so that you may all go along on this ride with me. My hope is that this will not only keep me accountable, but will perhaps encourage you and inspire you to find some creative ways to save money, as well. Also, if I keep a running tally of my "savings", I will be able to more clearly see how this affects us in a concrete way. It won't always be easy to keep track of - if I just stay home from the store, it is hard to say what the actual savings are. But if I am grocery shopping and skip the cup coffee on the way, the chocolate at the checkout and the 5 things that weren't on the list that I decided that I wanted once I was there, that will be somewhat easier to track.
The Ground Rules. When I say that I won't buy anything for a year, I am referring only to myself personally. My kids will probably outgrow something that needs to be replaced. Or the toaster might break. If something legitimately needs to be replaced, I will have no qualms about replacing it. But no haunting my favorite consignment shop, looking at and and trying on clothes that I don't need. No visiting www.sephora.com, tempting myself to order that beautiful palette that is on sale! However, if my husband wants to go out on a date, or we plan an outing as a family, or a friend wants to go out for coffee, those will be exceptions. Those things are about an experience with loved ones, not fulfilling a whim.
Here is to a happy, and frugal, 2014!