Have you made any financial New Year’s resolutions yet this year? With a feeling of trepidation I went back to my entry this time last year to remind me of the resolutions I set myself in 2008, and whether I stuck to any of them…
Last year I resolved to:
– Stop buying things I don’t need.
– Stop using the tumble dryer to dry my clothes instead of the clothes line.
– Take my books back to the library on time.
– Learn to cook Indian and Chinese food to avoid eating takeouts.
– Learn to make my own toiletries and cleaning products.
– Possibly learn to make my own clothes.
Wow. I think I was a bit overly optimistic and made too many, which is often the way with New Year’s resolutions. On the bright side, I feel I made good headway in stopping myself from buying stuff and I did make a big effort last year to use the clothes line instead of the tumble dryer to dry clothes. But I still racked up a few library fines, although I try to only take out one or two books at a time to keep the fines down if I forget to return them. And although I learned how to use bicarbonate of soda and vinegar as cleaning products, I didn’t make much headway in making my own toiletries or clothes, so perhaps these are two things for me to revisit this year.
In 2009 I’ve decided to be more focused and stick to just two resolutions:
Number one is to stamp out frittering – you know the type of thing, buying a bottle of water when you could have taken one from home, a magazine you don’t need, taking money from the ATM that disappears once it goes into your wallet. It all adds up.
Number two is to learn to grow my own vegetables. I’ve meant to do this for years but always forget to, especially as DJ is such a prolific gardener. But this year I’m determined to do it. DJ has been kind enough to build me a raised veg bed, and I’ll go into more detail later this week about what I plan to do with it. Can’t wait to get started!
What are your financial New Year’s resolutions?
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