Friday, February 29, 2008

Frugal Friday: I make a commitment

I have really been getting into budgeting and frugality blogs of late. I started off at Trent's The Simple Dollar and following the blogging highways and byways have ended up with quite a list of interesting blogs on money. Anyway I have decided to take this opportunity of an extra day in February to commit to not buying anything that is not a 'need' during March - that means no books (I have 3 shelves of unread books), no clothing (man, some of those autumn outfits are cute)...... I think this will be quite a hard challenge for me as, since I began working professionally, I have become used to buying things as I want them. When we married my husband and I allocated ourselves a generous amount of pocket money for our whims - so marriage didn't even curtail my spending:).

I have read that writing something down makes you more accountable for it, so that is the purpose of this post. If anyone is interested.

Anyway tomorrow in line with my new budgetery outlook, I am off to do a non-perishable shop at ALDI - wish me luck!


  1. Good luck! I understand living frugally, my husband I do it everyday because I am in graduate school. Let us know how you are doing!

  2. Good for you! I will admit to coming from a family that did not budget well, much to our detriment and my failure at it as an adult. And just a thought, and ignore me if you wish, but regarding putting off kids....I mean, you might regret putting it off but you'll never regret having them now.

  3. Hey thanks for dropping by. Lauren, I am glad to hear others doing it - it is always good to be part of a group:)

    Tara - I would be quite happy to have kids now, its my husband who is not so keen. Though, we visited my newborn nephew the other day and my husband commented that night that it might be nice to have a baby. I'll keep working on him:)

  4. Good luck with the budget plan--though waiting for a baby till after the mortgage is paid sounds like a very long time. :o) My parents were great with money, my husbands too, we on the other struggle. I do think life was plainer and people were used to doing without back then. Today we are bombarded by television, magazines and now the internet with loads and loads of things we think we will die without.

    Keep up the blogging too, and thanks for the visit to mine as well.

  5. 2008 brought about a firm committment from DH and myself to finally (after 20 year of not) getting out budget under control and living below our "means" rather than above. When did our culture develop the excess is ideal mentality??? It sounds like y'all are on the right track!