|Shoepocalypse - a whole heap of STUFF|
As I mentioned before, The Beard and I are making some big life changes next year. In order to do this, we need to save some money. As a result, I'm being forced to rethink my sometimes extravagant spending habits! I have been doing a lot of economising lately, trying to shave £££s off our monthly expenditure where possible, things like finding a cheaper mobile deal, reducing the cost of our broadband package because we didn't need the level of service we were paying for, arranging to work from home 2 days a week to save me petrol. But it just hasn't been enough.
Last week a slightly expensive trip to the health food store for essentials made me think about how I could continue to justify some of the spending I do, when we have a need to save. At pretty much the same time, Sal at Already Pretty was posting about ways to not shop. She too is preparing for a big life change, and needs to save furiously for it. I like some of her suggestions, such as creating stuff rather than buying (having made space for my sewing I am all into this) and setting myself challenges to alleviate boredom. I completely recognise my boredom driven shopping urges, and this is definitely something to work on!
The answer I came up with is that there are certain things I can't stop buying. And I do need to buy some things this winter, like a new pair of boots, and some new work clothes. But... for everything I spend, I have to be able to economise elsewhere. So, I need to stop spending £45 a quarter on mascara
(any recommendations for a black, waterproof, bunny friendly mascara that is under £10 are very welcome!).
I'm really trying hard to economise. It is hard. Our household income is pretty good for our area, and our age bracket. I work hard, and I suppose that is why I have found it really, really hard to knuckle down and start saving/stop spending. A part of me feels as if I deserve to buy these things, to have this lifestyle, because I work hard to get it. Theoretically we can afford it. In reality, we have debts to pay off and we need to save, before we make our change.
The way I am thinking about it is by reminding myself that every penny I spend now unnecessarily, is a penny less for my new furniture in my new home. That might make the difference between having or not having that particular item that I want. So economy is my new friend.
I'm also trying to find a groove, find my style, my purpose again. The last 4 years have been a whirlwind of change and growth for me, and I am finally settling into a place where I'm comfortable with who I am and what I like. I'm starting to find my place and I think, I hope, that I will find the strength to put down the credit card and just be happy with what I have.