A year of challenges – spending less

I decided to shake things up a bit in 2019.  Not make year-long resolutions but break the year down into goals or challenges.

Last month was self-care.  Just slow down. I decided one way to do with was to use up bath products I have had in drawers for a while.  This is me usually “Open drawer see products. Oh yeah should use that. Not today. No time.” Repeat next time I open the drawer.

I gave myself a facial. I opened the “Kiss My Face” product thinking it was a facial scrub or mask but it is a cleanser. Now in shower. Also have had a few soaks.  I tried to accomplished one thing a week. Doesn’t sound like much but big for me.

This month I want to concentrate on not spending.  I debated doing this one in January but thought no and did self-care. December was expensive with few unexpected purchases (over the range microwave being one).  Oh yeah and Christmas.

I’m not a clothes or shoe shopper.  So I don’t think this will be a problem. My restraint will be needed on not purchasing stationery and craft supplies.  I’m thinking to fill this void I will use up some craft supplies on hand. That will give me some focus.  If your thinking won’t books be a problem – no I am an avid library going.

Is there something besides clothes and shoes that you find hard not to purchase?  I would love to hear what pulls when at the shops!

You can always start now!


10 thoughts on “A year of challenges – spending less

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I just need to avoid the shops. I am more of an impulse buyer, but fortunately, that doesn’t translate to online shopping. If I can’t hold it, I’m not likely to buy it (unless I really need it).

    Good luck to you.


  2. Rebecca Moon Ruark says:

    With kids, most of my shopping happens at the grocery store–but I can definitely get lured into a Marshalls or TJMaxx and decide the deals are too good to pass up. I always try to remind myself that no deal is better than spending $0–especially when the item isn’t necessary!


    • You Can Always Start Now says:

      Want versus a need. I think wants are fine if you can afford them and not giving something necessary up or going into debt. Just after an expensive month I want to spend less/save more as vacation later in the year and want to enjoy that and not over think what I’m spending. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Janet Givens says:

    What a great idea, Amelia, a new self care routine each month, for surely financial sobriety is also self-care. I’ve had a practice for decades that I wait an hour for every $1 something costs, and now realize I’d forgotten that practice. Impulse buying was the problem for me. Still, the hardest things for me are presents, I’ll see something, think how great that is for xyz, and grab it. Grandchildren now make this a bigger problem. 🙂


    • You Can Always Start Now says:

      Presents would be hard – especially if it was “them!”. I’m not an impulse buyer but I do think that waiting an hour is a good idea. When we have a sale or craft show at work I don’t take my pursue when I go through the tables. That way no impulse buying and usually I don’t go back for items I was thinking about. I didn’t think of it as a self-care practice but it really is. thank you.


  4. awandafulthing says:

    I have a hard time passing up vintage items, as they are a passion of mine but for February I won’t buy a single one…it’s been so darn cold here I’ve been staying home rather than venturing out and besides my next planned auction isn’t until March LOL


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