The New Year has well and truly dawned (so far I’ve spent most of it either snowed in in Ireland or knocking back Imodium, so I need to improve on my 2008!) and so traditionally it’s time to make resolutions. Generally I make the same old boring ones each year – get fit, lose weight, give up chocolate etc. – and soon break them. Although a couple of years ago I resolved to a) stop worrying about my weight and b) stop making resolutions, and that worked quite well…at least for b)!
But I’m hoping this year will be different as my resolutions will be centred around saving as much money as possible – so there’s a strong incentive!
These are the ones I’ve come up with so far….:
Stop buying things I don’t need.This could be extra food items I fancy when I’m wandering about the supermarket, but that end up forgotten about in the back of fridge and go off. A terrible waste. But it may also be random items I pick up in a shop but will never use. I’ve developed a habit of buying cheap wool whenever I see it, but it just sits in a bag with all the other balls of wool I own. It might only cost a couple of quid but it’s still money down the drain. Shopping is NO LONGER some kind of hobby – as it was when I had more disposable income – but born of necessity, ie. only for food and for when my clothes truly give up the ghost.
Stop using the tumble dryer to dry my clothes because I’m too lazy to hang them outside.This uses up a lot of energy and costs money, not to mention the impact on the environment. And DJ is always complaining about his shirts getting all crumpled anyway (I tell him to do his OWN washing if he doesn’t like what he ends up with! Ah…Germaine Greer, did I learn nothing from you…?!)
Take my books back to the library on time. I am really bad about this and often end up paying fines. Sometimes it works out cheaper to buy charity shop books instead rather than go to the library!
Learn to cook good Indian and Chinese foodso I’m not tempted to get takeaway/eat out except on special occasions. This is a real Achilles heel of mine…
Learn to make my own cleaning products and toiletries– I think this could be a really good way of saving cash and it should be a lot of fun too.
Possibly learn to make my own clothes – I’ve come across a few courses for doing this so might investigate them further. Just depends whether it really works out cheaper in the end when you have to buy your own material etc. Does anybody out there make their own clothes? What’s your experience? And any other suggestions for New Year resolutions?
Just one thing about my trip to Ireland I forgot to tell you. Remember my attempts to cut my hair? Well, my dear mother was so horrified she booked us both hair appointments before I arrived in Ireland. My heart sank. How much was it going to cost me? Luckily when it comes to hairdressing my mother is actually fairly frugal. She insisted that I didn’t pay to get my hair washed there, and so a quick trim only cost me £6! A bargain! At least my hair is the same length now both sides of my head…