I touched on this briefly in a post in July last year “Getting Rid of the Clutter” but this year has definitely bought living simply into focus a lot more for me.
We recently got told that our current home will not be home in 3 years time so now we are deciding what our options are and all roads seem to be leading to buying our own place. The big decisions as to when are still up in the air as we need to talk to a finance person before jumping it but my gut (which has been in knots) is now leaning towards waiting and saving lots to get a bit deposit.
The reason this relates to living simply is that we are now aiming to save up big which means saying good bye to frivolous shopping and regular meals out. It also means no more buying Logan tonnes of things every time we head to the shop and trying super hard at the supermarket to only stick with what’s on the list (I’ve already failed at this!). Whilst I don’t want us to decrease our enjoyment in life I do want us to go back to being a bit more aware of what we spend and what we need to save. Keeping a budget has not been on our brains for many years now.
So even though I said the word for this year was family (and this theme does indirectly relate to that) I think the overall theme will also be about living simply. I’m only 1 month into 2014 and I’m already rearranging the goal posts – but that’s what you’ve got to love about life – the constant curveballs!
I’ve developed a few little aims to ensure we ‘live simply’:
- For the month of February we’re going to try and live without my salary and just rely on Andreas’.
- This whole year I will attempt not to buy anything that isn’t a necessity – this does not apply to presents for others and each other – Andreas turns 30 this year it wouldn’t be fair to deny him a bit of celebrating!
- This means toys, clothes, shoes (more so for me than anyone else!), housewares etc…
- Really knuckle down and get into meal planning to try and curb the expensive food shops
- Encourage Andreas to take leftovers to work and make enough Wednesday and Thursday nights so that we both have food for the next day.
If anyone has any other suggestions I would love to hear them, I’m hoping this will become a regular feature kind of thing. I have definitely been motivated by Jodi over at Practising Simplicity on this journey!