This is what I woke up to this morning. It's the view out my bedroom window. Isn't it beautiful!
I don't make New Year's resolutions. Resolutions never make past the end of January, if they make it that far. I am making some changes, though. The smaller, and more fun, change is Tuesday Nights. Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday, I'm going to be at Knit Night at the Border's near my house. The 2nd Tuesday, and possibly the 4th, I'll be at the Spinning Loft. I have very few friends where I live and lately, I've felt very isolated and alone. I love my cat but she's not a good conversationalist. Nearly all of my friends live at least 45 minutes away from me and since most of them don't come to me, I'm just going to have to go to them. I'm an introvert and I like being alone, just not as much time alone as I've had.
The second and bigger of the two changes is...<deep, steadying breath>...I'm going on a Spending Diet. Yikes! I spend too much money on things I don't need and eat out way too much. I'm still paying off my credit card from my trip to Italy and I'd like it paid off by March at the latest. So here are the rules:
- I get $20 a week for eating out, "toys," going to a movie, etc. (The exceptions to this are the roving I commissioned from Pigeonroof Studios and the small project bag I commissioned from Keri. Both were commissioned last year and I let them know at the time that there wasn't a holiday rush on either item.) Any money left over from the $20 can be rolled into the following week.
- Necessities don't count: food, gas, cat food, bills, etc.
- Necessary business purchases don't count and besides, they come out of business funds.
- If something breaks and it isn't a necessary item, it doesn't get replaced until the Diet is over.
- Nothing new that costs more than my $20 allowance gets purchased unless it's necessary for my life to function.
- Gas money for traveling to visit friends is allowed. (See Change #1.)
- Another exception is the vacation I take every year to Florida at the end of January. I get no more than $50 to spend for the week. I'll finally replace the wallet that broke 6 months ago.
- The Diet will last until the first full weekend in May when I go to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. I haven't decided yet if I'm driving or flying. It depends on gas prices, flight prices, if I can get a ride from the airport, etc.
I need to modify my spending behavior and this is the only way I can think to do it. I have plenty of books that I haven't read and I have a healthy enough stash that stash-diving for fiber and yarn will be just like shopping. My Sunday cooking ritual will return and I'm allowing myself to buy the occasional food item that I normally don't buy, like shrimp or pork tenderloin. I don't cook very fancy dishes so a semi-luxury food item won't come home with me too often. I'm actually a bit excited about this Diet. I like a good challenge and it'll be fun getting creative so I can stick to my $20 allowance. I'd love some help with recipes. If you have a dish you love, especially slow-cooker recipes, please send them to me.
I fully expect this Diet will be difficult at times but I'm looking forward to making my savings account grow, not shrink. Good luck with all of your New Year's changes.