1. Lose weight/Get toned/Be healthy (as with every month--but it's crunch time now) Me and Josh (Josh and I?) have started a new bet--since I lost the last one. I lose seven pounds (the other half of what I failed to lose last time) and he takes me bowling and to a movie. He gains seven pounds and I'll be taking him out...again.
2. Stick to a budget. I don't think I'll be doing another spending freeze for a while see below, but knowing where my money is going is a start and better than nothing.
3. Continue to grow Because I Said So. I have lofty goals for this little blog and with the third anniversary of me starting this blog a mere two weeks away, I'd like to see what I'm capable of this year!
A few more goals: drink more water, surround myself with only positive things, buy more fresh flowers, take Laney on more walks, and learn more about Essential Oils.
Spending Freeze Recap
This past month, I begrudgingly entered myself into a spending freeze. It was one of the more difficult things I've done in my life--mostly because I lack the self control, but I needed to save money. Overall, I'd give myself a C+ average. There are a few things I've learned while trying to cut back, most of them obvious.
- Coffee from the office will taste very similar to Starbucks if you put tons of sugar and creamer and pretend its a green and white cup.
- Gas is expensive and runs out way too fast.
- Watching the Food Network is not the way to help save on groceries. Also, meal prepping is hard.
- Do not "go shopping" with your sisters--you will end up buying something. Read: everything
- Somethings just can't wait (looking at you Lilly for Target + Lilly Spring Collection + Essential Oils)
- Most things can wait and will still be there when you are done with not spending money.
- It's really hard to say no to "Want to order a pizza" or "Let's rent a movie tonight" (so I didn't)
Like I said, overall I did ok (C+ average), but I definitely had my moment(s) of weakness. Deliberately NOT spending money is not for the faint of heart. It takes a discipline--something I could've used more of.
Have you ever done a spending freeze? Do you set goals for yourself each month?