It is January 1, 2017; the first day of my year of spending less. I have been awake for about 2 hours and have already had to stop myself from spending twice. The first was if I should go to the donut shop for breakfast and the second was to see if there was a book on blogging I could order from Audible or Amazon. Wow! I was surprised by how quickly I had to implement my new lifestyle. This is going to be harder than I thought.
The point of this year of less is to rein in my finances, to learn to live more modestly and to enforce some delayed gratification. It is NOT, however, about cutting every luxury out of my life. I hope to break it down to the essentials of contentment – the items needed in life to be satisfied the majority of the time. Happiness cannot be sustained, nor can sadness. Contentment has always been my goal in life, and I’ve kept looking for it in more things, even when I knew it was to be found within me and not outside of me. I plan to pair down until I find that sweet spot where my contentment lies.
The goal of the first month is to trim most unnecessary expenses. I have been living without cable for 3 months now and will write a future post about that, what I replaced it with and how it’s going. My next steps are to not buy anything that is not essential in maintaining the house, my health or my dog’s health. As I’ve stated in the previous post, my house is full of STUFF! Stuff to entertain, stuff to read, stuff to watch, stuff to eat, stuff to make things to eat, stuff for home improvement projects, stuff to make things to sell, stuff and more stuff. So this first week is to utilize the stuff I already have to entertain myself, to feed myself, to get through the first week of my year of less by not spending anything, except on fuel for my car, if needed, and that means not filling up the tank. There are plenty of leftovers put in the freezer from the holidays, and I have sandwich makings as well so food should be covered. Entertainment with television, books, movies, old magazines and other hobbies should be covered. I can’t think of anything else I should NEED this week. I’ll let you know how it goes.