After giving it some thought, and reading Jennifer's post, I decided to give it a try. I went to this website to get some help.
One word kept coming back to me.
I fought it.
I don't know if I can live up to it.
I have delayed this post for days, hoping to "get" another word. To no avail. This is the word I am meant to live this year, no matter how much I deny it.
The word, you ask?
As in, the practice of resourcefully using already owned economic goods/services to achieve a longterm goal. Or another definition, by Wikipedia: curbing costly habits, defying expensive social norms, suppressing instant gratification by means of fiscal self-restraint.
Can you see why I was fighting it?
I like to shop. I love Hobby Lobby and Target. I want to go on nice vacations and wear new clothes and get a pedicure.
But I already have a lot of nice things. I've been on many great vacations. Hobby Lobby and Target are in business due to my patronage, and my scrapbook room is full of awesome paper and albums and stamps.
When I look around at the many folks who have much less than I do, I feel convicted to try my best to live this word. By writing this post for all of blogland to see, I am making it official. I am so afraid of failure; I know I have an uphill battle. But I have a plan, a list of five things I can do right now to help me get started.
1. Make a weekly meal plan and stick with it (save money by not eating out).
2. Get books from the library instead of buying them (do I really need to own every book I read?).
3. Use the scrapbooking supplies I already have in abundance (maybe even sell a project or two).
4. Shop without the kids (especially Gabe...can I please get a tiny toy, Mom?) and stick to the list. Don't even LOOK at the clearance rack unless it is something I need.
5. Instead of shopping when I'm bored, go to the Y or out for a run.
My goal is to pay off some bills and put a big chunk of money in the bank. If I achieve this goal by next January, we are going on a cruise and I am rewarding myself with a new camera that I've been dreaming of buying. But if I don't succeed, I will hang my head in shame and try again next year.
Wish me luck living up to my word...
Anyone else wanna give it a try? Click on Christine Kane's link and check it out.