Since LO has been in my life I have noticed that my spending has gone through the roof..I mean..the Daily Tea Collection is to die for, and I didn't have an infant girl that I got to dress up in cute little outfits, and I've lost 20 pounds so I get new clothes too..right..oh and I have to have books to read on my iPad! So basically I have been a spending fool and I have to get control of myself....
I'm not sure I can do 6 months..that is a REALLLLLLYYYYYYYY long time..(okay not really, but it seems like it) so I have decided that I'm going to shoot for 2 months with the option of extension if I'm doing well..
Here are my ground rules:
1. Not to buy anything new for 2 months either in store or online..
Exceptions: Food-but I am going to try and stick to menu's and not over buy, which I have the habit of doing.
Diapers (I have to have disposables for visitations)
Bottles, nipples and pacifiers
Underwear and SocksRunning shoes (If I ever get back to running again)
Services-because my job requires me to “be the face” of my company I have to have haircuts and color, I stretch this as long as I can usually once every three months, but I have to have it.Medications, vitamins and glasses
Washing Machine-I know I can get a used one, but I'd rather get a new washer and a used dryer.
Work Trips-If I'm away on a trip and I need something new as long as its small I can purchase it..means I can't just go shopping at Kohl's because I'm away.Expendables-tires for the car, light bulbs, etc
2. To borrow, barter or buy used.
For items I buy used-one in/one out. So if I buy a used pair of jeans I have to donate or recycle a pair of pants or shorts.
3. To have a gift and exceptions budget of $300.00 (except for a washer of course)
We'll see how it goes. This is a tougher challenge then blogging everyday for a month.
So in keeping with my new Compact...my Menu for the week:
Monday-Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk with Gruyere Grill Cheese Sandwiches
Saturday-Ricotta Pancakes with Strawberries
Sunday-Salt-Roasted Porkloin with Fingerling Potatoes
So what do you think? Do you think you could stop buying anything new for 2 months, 6 months or even 1 week? Let me know in the comments below!