Well it’s New Years time, so that means resolution time. Obviously, my big resolution is to save some serious dough this year. But, in order to do that I have some other smaller resolutions that need to happen. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.
1. I will not buy anymore lip gloss. I own 30. That’s plenty.
2. I will not buy any more black shirts. The entire third drawer of my dresser is filled with black shirts. I wear a lot of black. I’m not goth or anything, they just always seem to work I’m pretty sure I own more than 10, so that should be enough to keep me for the year.
3. I will not buy any more purses, without getting rid of one first. I have quite a few, and they all look good. I don’t need any more. I’m giving myself a small out because I do own some that are a little old. If I consigned them, then I feel I can get a new one. But, I only can do this if they go to a loving home.
So far this has all been about buying things (a big weakness for me), but there are more resolutions below.
4. I will make, stick to, and report on my budget every month. This is going to be a hard one since unexpected expenses pop up at every turn, but I’m going to give it the good old college try.
5. I will have more dinner parties (on a budget). I love to cook for my friends. It’s a great excuse to try new recipes (and clean my apartment on a regular basis). I can host a dinner for 4 that costs the same as 1 dinner out for me, so I think it’s a wise resolution.
6. I will continue learning how to master the grocery store. I’m getting better (thanks to the Safeway’s Just For U program), but I still have a way to go to consistently meet my monthly goal of $150 – $200 on groceries and not feel deprived.
6. I will try at least one new (free and/or discount) thing to do in D.C. a month. I’m starting right away on this one. My first event is tonight! I’m headed to the Phillips after 5 to see an exhibit with a friend (cost $12). I’ve also been curious about the free movie series at the Georgetown Library.
In addition to these yearlong resolutions, I’ve decided to also set monthly goals for myself. If I make it through the month and meet my goal then I get a treat. My January resolution is to go through the month interest free, i.e. without using my credit card AT ALL. I have some money saved up to cover any unforeseen expenses, just in case. Things that I’m tackling this month include a baby shower, a weekend with friends at the Boars Head Inn in Charlottesville (including a massage – don’t be dumb), and a trip to the aforementioned J.Crew outlet in Lynchburg, VA. Eeek! We’ll see if I can make it out and still meet my goals!
How am I doing so far? Do you think I have gone crazy? I am totally in the market for any resolution recommendations you might have for me as well, so send them on if you have them!
Sounds like a great plan! Greg has christened 2013 the “Year Of Savings” – we are in the exact same boat of trying to save for a down payment. You’re blog is such good reinforcement for me – also a great idea to stop by the J.Crew outlet the next time we go to C-Ville (Jan. 26 – when are you going???)!
I’m going next weekend! Am only going to look for basics (and no black shirts, as I mentioned above). I’ll let you know if they have anything good to watch out for!
Keep up the good work. You always make it sound doable and almost fun!
I love your blog and I’m totally inspired by your resolutions. (I’m putting candles and picture frames in the lip gloss category.) Couple of hints for the fun dinner parties that you will be hosting: 365 brand at Whole Foods is significantly cheaper than their other brands and almost always comparable or cheaper to other chains. Also, Trader Joe’s has GREAT prices on wine (and not just $2 Chuck.) Finally, let people help. Instead of suggesting people just bring wine, let someone bring a bunch of tulips for the table or their favorite appetizer or a yummy dessert. Everybody wants to bring something – so let them! So….when should I be there?!?
I LOVE the tulip idea. I would totally bring the centerpiece if someone asked me. Thanks for reading and for the great suggestions!
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