Buying necessities – how am I doing?

Earlier this year I wrote this post “I want, I want – I want it now” about moving away from consumerism. In it I told you that this year I would make an effort at only buying necessities. We are now half way into February, and I thought it only fair to let you know how I’m doing 😉

I have done all right, so far. I’ve been decent at using stuff I already have in the house. Better to use up, before buying.

So, what have I spent my money on:
General items – only food and medicines.
Replacement items – one so far, ref. my post One in – two out – and a happier patio
Flowers and plants – a couple cheap orchids, only 8,5 dollars for the two – remember this is part of my allowance 😉
Books – none, absolutely none, then again the year is still young!
Eating out – remember I told you the goal was to cut it down to at least half? Well I’m proud to say that I’m still on track.

A note on the eating out topic. I have a friend that I normally go out and eat Saturday and Sunday dinners with, every weekend. We have changed this up a little, and we now make at least one of the weekend dinner, in house. We switch up who makes what, and so far we are definitely saving a bit of money on this.

We are also using this as an opportunity to empty our freezers, of all sorts of stuff that have been hanging around in it 😉 We are all guilty of putting food into the freezer and forgetting about it, until it’s to old to use any more, and then we have to throw it away. That is such a waste of resources and money. Throwing a little “pot-luck” dinner now and then, to empty the freezer before food gets to old, is a great thing. Why not throw one, were you gather friends and everyone bring a little something to the table, wouldn’t that be fun?

With the exception of a pretty hefty unexpected medical bill in January (that blew my budget out the window). Being aware and in a state of only buying necessities, I have definitely used less money, on stuff, than I normally would have by now.

I’ve even noticed I have spent less money in the grocery store. I haven’t bought more than I absolutely have had to, with a few exception. There have been some items, like toilet paper, certain foods (dry good or freeze stuff), detergent etc, that have been on sales, up to 40%, and these I have bought extras off. These are items I use all the time, and stocking up a little, will save me some money down the line. As long as I have the space, and I don’t go overboard and buy more than I can use within a few months, I think this is a thrifty thing to do.

As I move along this path, I’m writing down everything I spend, in a little notebook. It’s going to be interesting to keep track of what I actually spend my money on. And what I end up with, having spent, at the end of the year.

11 comments

  1. nancyjohnstone

    I am so guilty of eating out too much. We really need to get it down to once a week or less. It’s just so easy to go out.

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    • Anne Lene

      I agree, it’s sooooooo easy! Since we are two about it, it’s easier to keep each other in check – even though my friend do try to convince me otherwise sometimes 😉 So far we’ve been doing good… I just hope we can keep it up!

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  2. Jen (Me Woman You Man)

    Good for you on making good progress! I’m on a “eat out of the freezer” kick this month too. Decided February was the ideal month to inventory our three (!) freezers and use up what’s in them. I was amazed at how much we had and how easy it is to plan our meals around what’s already in the house. Saving lots of grocery money this month this way too, especially on meat.

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    • Anne Lene

      Thanks Jen, isn’t it amazing how much we can fill our freezers with? Fortunately I only have a small one (fridge/freezer combo), but my friend has a bigger one that I have “borrowed” on occasions, and now we are emptying both my part and my friends part 🙂 oh yes, and now that my stepmom is in Spain, I get to empty a meal out of hers as well 😉 (her suggestion) so this should keep us out of the restaurants for a little while 😉

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    • Anne Lene

      Books are mine too, so I’m pretty impressed with myself 😉 but fortunately I still have several to read, remember I’m supposed to “read myself out of the bookshelves” this year… I wrote about it in my “taking a stab at my bookshelves” on Jan 3rd.

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