365 Challenge Day 254 – Not Buying It

31 Mar

Only one day left of my three month challenge to not buy anything non-essential!  I can’t believe it!  I thought this would just be a very temporary change, and I fully intended to go back to my old ways on April 1st, with a huge list of items that I had put off buying.  But, wow, I really feel like something has shifted!!

I want to keep going with this!!  My list of items that I wanted to buy is pretty small, and in fact, most of the items I’ve decided can wait even longer.  I’ve been really wanting a new yoga mat.  But you know, even though my mat is old, smelly, and crumpling, so what?  I’ve decided to keep it for now.  It still works.  I use my yogitoes towel over it 99% of the time anyway!  So I think it will last a bit longer.  Buying a new mat is a lot more money than I thought it would be, and I’m not ready to drop that kind of dough!

It’s very exciting for me to have some extra money at the end of the month.  In fact, this has inspired me to spend even less.  I’m going to cancel our gym memberships, the sad truth is we never go.  And my one really big luxury is that I have a cleaner who comes to my house twice a month. As a busy single mom, working full time with two kids and lots of hobbies, this always felt like more of a necessity than a luxury.  I have often said I’d rather give up food than the cleaning!!  But it’s $250 a month.  That’s a lot.  I’m going to try to go without for a while and see how it goes.

I’ve got big plans for this extra money.  Nothing thrilling, but I’m excited anyway.  I’ve decided to aggressively pay off my student loans which I have been paying for almost 20 years.  I’ve got 10 years to go, but have decided that I want to be done before my kids start college.

Wow, I never thought I would be so fiscally responsible!

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