Skip to main content

A Year Without Shopping

Yesterday at work I read a great article from Good Housekeeping (sept 2009) and thought, "hey, we could do that". The article was called Our Year Without Spending. The family in the article decided not to spend except on edibles, depleatables, and necesities for work/school for 12 months.

After a long discussion last night we decided that we would follow suit. We will be using the same guidelines plus family outings are okay (including the hotel for the wedding this fall). The worst thing that can happen is that we will just stop and go back to normal...On the flip side, we could succeed in spending more time on family activities (less time shopping) and have more money to help us reach our financial goals. We are going to start on Sunday and I am actually looking forward to it : )

For anyone wondering about The Crazy Elephant, don't worry. We decided months ago that we had put enough of our own money into it and now only do what we can do with how much we make from it. The boutique is completely self sustaining at this point which is outstanding : D

I look forward to updating you all on our progress!


Kris said…
Good luck! Sounds like a very interesting concept... I think I may try to adapt it to us in some way!

Popular posts from this blog

Learning the Uke

The Cat Returns is one of my favorite animated films. The end song, Kaze Ni Naru, is one of my favorite parts and gave me the longing to play the ukulele. I found just the uke for me here in Montreal. It is part musical instrument and part souvenir of Quebec. I am not terribly good at it yet, but I am starting to get this song down. Once I have it figured out, I will either attempt to learn the words so I can sing along, or move on to another great song. In the meantime, here is a great cover of the song by someone who has been playing a lot longer than I have.

Cats in Paris: a Book Review

In Montreal adult coloring books are everywhere. When we came back to the states a couple of months ago I found they were popular here too. I really enjoy them and am very particular about what I pick. I like a lot of fine details mixed with whimsy.

Cats in Paris by Won-Sun Jang is simply beautiful. It begins with a sort of tour of Paris, with cats of course. There is a bit of narrative in this portion as well. The art is beautiful but not quite the page covering design work I personally love. The rest of the book makes up for it though. There are patterns and intri'cat' designs. The artwork throughout is beautifully done and a joy to fill in. I am so happy to be able to while away my quiet moments with this book.

More InfoAuthor BioI received this book from Blogging for Books for this review


Have you seen this video by Louie Giglio yet? It is really amazing to see how the universe proclaims God's glory. Take some time to watch it. God really is indescribable.