Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Spring Cleaning and my No-Buy Month
In the meantime, I'm also trying out a No-Buy Month. I read this article earlier this week about spending money on experiences rather than things and it really struck a chord. While some things do make me giddy, they don't necessarily make me happy. But a great day out with friends or a really amazing dinner out with S, those are more meaningful. So for at least the month of May, and maybe longer if it goes well, I am cutting myself off from buying things and am only allowed to spend money on experiences. There are two additional upsides to this: 1) I am not accumulating anything else while I am in the process of purging. It kind of defeats the purpose if you restock at the same rate at which you reduce. And 2) I'm hoping to pad my savings account a bit more. My tenants moved out of my Florida townhouse and so I'm stuck paying the mortgage in addition to my rent here in Houston for a few months. I'm not hurting for money, it just sucks to see your balance drop that much in such a short period of time. It's not easy, I've already been VERY tempted to buy this, one of these, and these. But I'm being strong!!!! I'll keep everyone updated on how it goes!
(top picture from here)