Thursday, January 31, 2008

Trimming the Fat off of Your Life



Chile of Chile Chews has offered up another challenge- a spending freeze for the month of February. I'm in. We need to be in, even. My husband is hopefully starting grad school this summer, and we need a jump-start to tightening the proverbial bootstraps, both monetarily and time-wise. Time to create some new habits.

Items that don't "count" (i.e. are necessary): mortgage, bills, gasoline, car repairs, etc.

I will also allow myself to buy things for necessary (as opposed to cosmetic) home improvements... like weatherstripping, new doors to prevent heat loss out the back and front, etc. They, do have to be USED and CHEAP. Nothing new in February.

What won't I buy? Clothes, shoes, prepackaged foods, cd's, things for decorating a house, etc. (Not that I buy a lot of those anyway, because I don't.)

I will try to cut down my internet time (and electric bill) to spend MORE time working on my home and LESS time in front of my computer "researching" my home.

10 comments:

Aimee said...

Great minds think alike! I just made a post about something we have been doing this year. It's along the same lines as a spending freeze. I am going to have to go check out the blog that challenged you! :) Good luck on your fat trimming!

kitliz said...

I'm actually going to be on a forced freeze myself. Or at the very least, tightly budgeted. I've decided to give up sitting at a desk in order to do some consulting and creative work, which has seriously impacted my income. (Finding a part-time job in the next, oh, week, wouldn't hurt too bad either!)

Chile said...

You hit on a very important topic, Jennifer - doing instead of researching, reading, and planning. It's so easy to get caught up in checking out what one can do instead of just diving in and doing something...anything!

Green Bean said...

good point, girls! I feel like I've been spending so much time "researching" rather than doing these days.

minhus said...

No shopping? At all? I admire your willpower.

My boyfriend would curl up into a ball and die if he couldn't shop for a month. Sadly shopping is like our major weekend hobby. It's mostly at Home Depot and Bargain Outlet, but still...

Shannon Hodgins said...

Really cute house! Man, I'd love to have a chance to do what you are doing. Thanks for stopping by! Shannon

Fred said...

But its sad that you might reduce your posting frequency!!

I think its awesome that you're husband is going back to school. School is a really good investment for individuals and the whole community.

I put up your link on OPC and was wondering if you'd like to be the first "interviewee" to be spotlighted for house blogging over on OPC. You can read about my idea here. Let me know if you'd be interested. The interview would be about 10 questions long, and would probably take 15-30 minutes to answer. The goal would be to get to know one house blogger and to drive traffic back to your site. (You can publish the interview here too of course)!

Andrew Kottenstette said...

Concidering your green approach towards building materials I will be watching your blog, mainly because I heard one of the few green material suppliers is somewhere in Boulder.
I have used Benjamin Moore's Eco-Spec perplexed with how hard it was to get a brush used in it clean.

Monica said...

Thank you for posting this challenge. I'm going to jump in with both feet. :)

arduous said...

I too decided to do Chile's challenge and try to turn off the computer more. I've been doing a really bad job though. :(