no-buy January.

3 Jan
Hey!  Happy New Year!

…     …    (awkward side glance)   …   …   (other side)   …   …

Moving on …

I spent a lot of money over Christmas break.  Over my life.  Lots of money on essentially unnecessary things.  There needs to be a no-buy January.

No new cardigans.  
No new wire baskets.
No new nothing.
No-buy January.
The exceptions to the purchasing power of my debit card will be groceries/shampoo-ish items.  (And, if I may, add a Joann Fabrics clause?  I plan on quilting this January and will be doing my best to use what I have but new thread or a yard or two may be needed.  And a long-underwear clause.  I need some when I walk to campus on this chilly days.  Beyond that – no-buy January.)  In addition, I’m starting a box to gather 100 things I can remove from my life.  A move to simplify.  One hundred things to give away or donate by the end of the month.  I was reminded again as I packed the car to come back to St.Paul yesterday: I just have too much stuff.
Moderate expense on social activities/maintenance is permitted.  (Birthday gifts/postage expense/etc.)  But no more than $20/week.
Starting tomorrow.
Because tonight I went to the Minnesota Wild hockey game and that ticket was $35.  It was a last-minute game as my roomie stumbled upon a few tickets from a friend of hers.  I had never been to a Wild game and all I know about hockey I learned from The Mighty Ducks, but it was a blast – they won in overtime.  And I am in awe of anyone who can skate – RUN – on ice.  My favorite part?  The sound the players made when they pushed others with their complete weight and effort into the wall.  I giggled every time.  And the fight.  For fun.

2 Responses to “no-buy January.”

  1. Cassie January 4, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    fyi: sushi is (usually) under 20 bucks. wink wink nudge nudge

  2. Karen January 6, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    I think I need to go on a no spend January too. If you need me to send you any sewing supplies for your quilting project let me know – I am pretty sure I can provide. Hope all is well with you and that you had a nice Christmas. You better buy those long underwear soon – I think it is going to be a long winter!

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