This year, for the first time since teaming up with my husband almost 19 years ago (and I know I’m about to throw myself into the deep end with this statement), I have a budget. It’s a rather tight budget too because we are trying to save very hard for a renovation and a trip to Europe with the kids in December. First-world budget.
Remember how Max – our future marine biologist – chose Fiji for his ’10th birthday special’ last year? Well, Cappers has declared that she wants a white Christmas for her 10th birthday this year and we are going to do our very best to get her one. Isn’t it grand how my first two have birthday’s one year after the other? And how far-sighted we were when we declared our kids could do ‘anything, anywhere in the world for your 10th birthday’? Just graaaaand.
So, the pennies are being pinched like a mean school girl this year. I know it’s (very) early days, but I am actually enjoying being more fiscally responsible. It’s quite a nice challenge being choosy and ‘things’ are already beginning to feel a lot more special. When you can buy most things, nothing ever feels particularly special.
In 2011 (way before it was fashionable), my sister Coo spent an entire year buying nothing new and she found the experience revolutionary. As a matter of fact, anything I want to know about saving money and living frugally, I can find in the archives of Coo’s blog. My sister really is outstandingly good with money. I hope it’s a genetic quality. Regardless, saving for an experience is so much more motivating than saving for a thing, don’t you think?
Other things that had me this week:
Reading – Life after Life by Kate Atkinson which I am LOVING (no surprise there). I have already borrowed Human Crochet, ready to go (I hear it’s hard work).
Writing – nothing particularly useful I’m afraid.
Making – tacos for the beach. Yes, tacos.
Wishing – I was better at breaking bad habits. Reading this made me realise that I fear being fundamentally changed, which seems very big.
Loving – everything about this article on making money blogging by Amy Lynn Andrews (if you don’t subscribe to her Useletter, do!)
Wondering– whether I’m in stage 5 or really just stuck in stage 2.
Do pop over and visit our guest host for the week: the delightfully colourful, wonderfully outspoken, always kind Kim-Marie at Kimba Likes.
PS – Just a little shout out to my friend Lila at Lila Wolff who has recently relaunched her blog with typical style and grace.
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