New Year’s Resolution: Use Less, Spend Less!
So has anybody else out there made a New Year’s resolution this year? How about one you kept? Seems like everyone wants to jump on the “let’s change” bandwagon only to find themselves three weeks in gorging out on chocolate cake screaming, “I just can’t do it!” Well, I REFUSE to let resolutions get me down because, well, they are supposed to help us live better, right? They just need to be realistic! Gone are the days of making promises to myself that I know I cannot keep. What I DO promise to do, especially this time of year, is to declare that I am willing and able to make small changes that can create a fuller, sweeter life for my family and me. Now doesn’t that sound a lot better than making empty promises?
This year, I’ve got a few goals in mind with one common theme: use less, spend less. I’m a simple gal with simple needs, so this less is more mentality just makes sense. Here are a few ways we are keeping it up:
Homemade arts & crafts as reusable products.
I love anything and everything handmade, so for Naomi, I’m taking the opportunity to create break-resistant plates and cups for her to use on a daily basis. They can be used every night and still stand the test of time. I’ll cherish these items forever and remember the days when her hands were so small and created something so meaningful and sweet. Makit Products (available online) allow children to create their own masterpieces on paper, ship completed artwork to the company, and they send you a break-proof plate (or cup) in return. For less than $15 shipped, I think this is a great idea! I also found the mug shown at our local arts and crafts store for under $2, and it comes with multiple inserts for children to color and change. Naomi and mom approved!
Naomi also created a placemat on construction paper that I’ve had laminated for her daily use. Her tiny hands were outlined and her name and date was added as she colored. This can be something fun to do each year and during holidays too.
Buying less disposable products.
Instead of paper plates and Solo cups, we are using inexpensive dishes from home (even on the go). I love to find cute picnic-style plates and baskets rummaging through local thrift stores.
Going out to eat less.
Not necessarily eliminating it because some nights I’m just too tired to cook, but we are making a conscious effort to PLAN AHEAD and eat out less. We’re leaving prepared meals in the freezer for quick access, and we use coupons when shopping at the grocery store to help out.
Saving money is my main goal this year as it’s important for our family to keep a nest egg growing (even while shelling out at the pump). By using less, we are spending less and it feels good! Have you kept your New Year’s goals? I’d love to hear what you all are doing for a successful 2012!