Thanks for everyone’s comments about my last post. I’ve read some interesting posts in the same vein today, and I’ve come up with my own resolutions for at least the summer, but hopefully beyond. These ideas are as much about happiness as money to me: I’ll support local businesses and farmers, be healthier, and be overall happier, I feel, all while saving money. They are, in no particular order:
- Stop buying as much as possible. I won’t say that I won’t buy anything (this is just too hard when planning a wedding), but I am going to be much more cognizant of my spending habits. I’ll give myself a pass on wedding-related spending, but other than that I’m going to not buy any books, dvds, music, clothing, etc. I’ve got plenty of shoes, plenty of clothes, and plenty of things to keep me occupied. Plus, I’ve just discovered my local public library, which is teh coolest.
- No more yarn. Period. I’ve got to get some basic lace weight in a cream color for my wedding shawl, but then I’m done. I’m really excited about knitting from my stash, actually. I’ve got so much yarn, particularly in shawl and sweater quantities, and I’m really excited to play with it.
- Eating local food as often as I can. We went to the farmer’s market this weekend, but it was sort of a bust. It’s just too early yet to get any good produce. Most vendors were selling seedlings, which I love, and I will definitely plant a veggie garden next year. (Is it too late to plant seedlings outside this year? Do I have to do anything special, or do I just plan it and let it grow?) As soon as the fruits and veggies start coming in, though, that’s where I’ll be buying them.
- Cut back on meals out. Jason and I don’t go to bars or movies very often; we’re a hang out at home kind of couple. However, we do spend money dining out. This is not only expensive, but unhealthy, and I really want to cut back to one meal out a week.
- Bike whenever and wherever I can.
- Consolidate my car trips. I really want to make one big trip once a week with the car to save on gas.
So that’s it in a nutshell. I promise this is my last post for quite a while dealing with money, etc. I want to thank everyone for inspiring me in this way. I’m trying to take a long, hard look at the way that I live, and I think cutting back on my consumerist tendencies and supporting local farmers will really make me feel good (and make my wallet happier!). I won’t make promises because, well, I’m prone to break them, and then that makes me feel badly about myself. I will, however, do my best to stick to this plan, and I’ll definitely be returning to this post to remind myself of these goals.
Next up: A meme, a weekend wrap-up, some socks, and a shawl. Oh my!