I am still deep into goal setting / reflection mode.
2 random things I want to work on this year:
1- Spending $ more intentionally.
I want to buy things with more thought / care than in the past. Instead of sort of just spending my allowance (yes – Josh and I give ourselves allowances via YNAB – money to spend entirely on ourselves, zero judgment allowed) on the fly, I actually want to think about priorities for this fund over the course of the year. I started by mapping out my first ~6m which was fun but also made me realize why I tend to overspend. (#overbuyer here)
One pricey thing I want to include this year is a running coach starting around March. I also want to enjoy semi-regular (monthly, if possible) massages and mani/pedis.
AND, all that said, every once in a while I
need want to update my wardrobe a bit. And keep up with my favorite skincare products (though I am currently on a campaign to first use up everything I have!). I cannot have everything so it makes sense to be thoughtful and make sure I use what I do have.
I spend more on experiences/services than things — both personally and as a family — and that’s ok. In fact, I greatly prefer it that way! But it does mean I need to make the physical objects I own last or make do with a more limited wardrobe. There are some physical things on my list though . . .
January –> Nike Alphafly (got the OG on sale for <$200) + lingerie drawer refresh (it’s been way too long)
February –> some kind of going out dress/outfit + new On Clouds (for work – I wear them with scrubs and this has become my call + Friday uniform)
March –> work outfits (pants, 1-2 tops)
April –> summer T shirt refresh, running outfit
May –> sandals + shorts
June –> pajamas/loungewear
(Not on list: any new tech. My laptop still works and I have a functional iPhone 12 mini, AirPods, and an Apple Watch already. I am hoping all of the above will last ideally until 2025! I *will* order the occasional stationery to test out/review for BLP but I consider that a separate category! Books I will primarily use the library through I will pay for nonfiction that I want to take notes in.)
(PS: I recognize spending is all relative. I know my list seems outlandish to some, and minimalist to others. I read some blogs where the family budget is clearly >4x ours, and others where it is 1/4 or less. I honestly find both interesting/useful to read about. I also think it’s an odd dichotomy where influencers are constantly selling, yet no one really talks about how spending a little here + there truly adds up or what is attainable or realistic in any given context.)
2- Grocery rhythms
I previously was trying to generally do one big trip or delivery per week. But I actually think 2x/week might make more sense and actually *reduce* waste, because things are more likely to stay fresh and I can make the Friday trip about what we actually need to fill in gaps over the weekend. AND a monthly trip to Costco and/or Trader Joe’s is a good idea. I don’t need to go to those places all the time, but they are really helpful for certain staples.
One of my kids has also declared themselves pescatarian so this may change a bit about our shopping / meal planning habits. I do not want to go all the way in that direction myself but I’m fine with incorporating more vegetarian or fish/seafood-centered meals.
I still want to generally plan the week out in advance (often using PrepDish or one of my favorite cookbooks) but won’t attempt to get everything at once for the whole week. We will see how it goes!