Friday, February 1, 2013
Bargain Becky Turns into Minimalist Becky
I can't think of a single material possession I bought in January. That's with just subconscious thoughts of not wanting crap in my life. So with February, I'm following the Happy Housewife as she launched a "no-spend February Challenge". It's quite simple - don't buy anything that is a non-essential in the month of February.
Obviously these things can not happen over night but I've already done some stuff to save me time, space and money - and some of them are rather shocking for my previous extreme couponing ways:
- I cancelled both my newspaper subscriptions. Sorry Boston Globe ($14 a month) and the Patriot Ledger ($10 a month). It was good while it lasted, but I haven't read the paper in months so it's pointless to give me a paper that automatically goes into the recycling bin. I print the coupons I need off the computer. I originally got the papers 5 years ago because I would read them AND I wanted the coupons - now - I don't. So I'm saving a tree and $288 by canceling those.
- I modified my gym plan. I love going to the gym. I have for years. It's my leisure time and my kids'. I know there are discount gyms out there for $10 a month, but I need the kid programs and the pool. But I was on a higher plan that was $108 a month. I switched it down to a plan that is $91. Mostly, instead of being granted access to two separate gyms, I can only go to one now. But that's fine though because I can't remember the last time I was at the other gym. $17 a month saved - or $204 a year.
- I've joined Facebook yard sale sites - and I've already made $50! On crap that was just sitting around my house! About a week ago, I joined these yard sale groups on Facebook that are in my town and surrounding towns. I post pictures of things and the price I want. I have a bunch of stuff up there and I've organized my postings in charts in a binder - because I have an obsession with binders. I've also been organizing my stuff so if it sells, it sells but if it doesn't, it's neat and orderly. I know I don't have enough stuff to do a full blown yard sale, but I have been trying to talk about 4 or 5 friends to bring some of their crap over and we can team up for one big tag sale this spring. That will help this situation out a lot.
So today is Day 1 of this challenge. Now I'm motivated to post more stuff...