May we all find comfort, happiness and many blessings at our hearths in 2015.
Now, to get down to business! I have declared 2015 to be the Year of No Superfluous Spending. (I toyed with the title Non-Essential Spending as well, but just loved the word superfluous too much not to use it!)
After moving house, I have discovered that our family has an embarrassing surfeit of 'stuff'. Admittedly, most of it is mine, in the form of yarn, fabric and books.
Online shopping is just way too easy and way too tempting! Even when I make the resolution to not buy any more, those email alerts or Facebook feeds keep coming up with new sales and specials that just cannot be passed up.
Yarn, oh yarn - you are my downfall!
When moving and thus collecting all the yarn from the far-flung corners of the house, it has turned into an astonishingly large pile (ah, mountain!) of yarn. I have definitely hit S.A.B.L.E. (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy) unless, of course, I live to be 300! I am feeling shame at the amount of yarn I have accumulated, to be honest, as I would hate to add it up in dollar terms. But I have decided not to de-stash, but simply to accumulate no more and to work on knitting it up, particularly as gifts.
I think a lot of my problem with excessive purchases of yarn and other craft items is simply lack of organisation. I often purchase a new 'whatever', even though I know I have one already, as I do not remember where it is!
Enter a new storage plan. I have begun crating up and labeling everything and will continue this (it is not a quick solution!) Our garage will be wall to wall shelving and this should, in theory, make everything readily accessible and prevent excess purchasing due to misplacing items.
Books, oh books - you are my other downfall!
|See, this is my idea of heaven, whereas hubby's eye is twitching uncontrollably just looking at this picture!|
I must also remember to tell myself that a bargain is not a bargain if you do not need it, no matter how cheap it is! I am terrible at resisting purchases that are on super-special, as it is such a bargain and surely we will use it some day. For example, having 64 new blue pens (yes, I counted them!) as I always buy school supplies when they are marked right down after the school year has started. No more of that!
So, where am I heading with all this? In the Year of No Superfluous Spending, surprisingly there is to be no superfluous spending! Fairly self-explanatory, I hear you say. Well, let us see if I can try and tweak this (ok, admit it, I mean cheat!) by sneaking some yarn and books by as absolutely essential. I have no delusions that I will not try this at some point.
I am still thinking of how I will document this without boring you all with lists of figures. I am hoping that this will lead on to savings in other areas as well. After all, I should have heaps more free time to cook and garden more, with all the time freed up from scrolling through pages of yarn for sale on the internet!
I would love to hear any ideas you have or how you managed to stop succumbing to spending temptation.
Wish me luck!