Initially when I [attempted] to start this series, my hope was to share my thoughts weekly. I think that worked for two, maybe three weeks. I see the reminder pop up on my phone at 8pm on a Sunday, but inevitably I'm in the middle of finishing laundry during the cheap hours [budget win!], struggling to settle Mason back into his crib for the night, or nursing a sore back and hips on a heating pad while watching a single episode of Breaking Bad with Nathan on the couch.
None of those really warrant a "hold up! Mama's got to blog!" interruption - and within an hour or so, the intention to "do it later" has flown the coop.
With that being said, I actually really like the format of these posts - so I'll keep them as more of a fly by the seat of my pants kind of post, and shoot for one a month instead :)
The spending freeze was ... over! I definitely did NOT have the success I had hoped to have when setting out on that little experiment [hello donuts and food court indulgences. oops]. I will add, though, that attempting not to spend any extraneous money while in the third trimester of pregnancy is kind of a tall order. Inevitably, there are things that simply MUST be purchased prior to bringing a child home - and while I could certainly have dug in my heels and sourced second-hand or donated pieces in some cases...I made a choice to purchase new instead. I believe in taking care of possessions with the intent to pass them along in the future - either gifting them to someone in need, or selling them to make room for new purchases. For example, I had purchased some summer clothing for Mason back in November in preparation for our vacation in December - a few weeks ago, I was actually able to sell them for more than I paid [shhh!] because they were in excellent condition, and I asked for what they were actually worth!
I wouldn't call the freeze a total bust though. I definitely spent less money on take-out treats and beverages, I didn't purchase any new clothing or "things" for myself that weren't replacements, or business supplies, I didn't purchase any beading supplies at all [win!] and I also didn't spend any money online during that period [save for new cloth diapers that were purchased using funds from selling old ones as well as a few by-sell-trade transactions]. I am definitely up for the challenge of trying this again in the coming months...and it shouldn't be too difficult, seeing as I won't exactly have an income to be spending frivolously!
The best money I chose to spend, was on the new diapers that are on their way to us now! I have been doing some extensive investigative work on quality diapers that don't cost a fortune, as well as how to get our diapers working efficiently for us now that Mason is older. After a strip, soak, and change in my washing routine, things are looking up!
This also equates to over $100 in savings each month, as I am no longer purchasing disposables from honest.com to use all day long. Granted, he is in sposies for daycare and at night time [because I cannot find a suitable match to keep him dry for 13 hours] but the savings and environmental impact of day-time cloth use is not lost on me!
The least helpful use of money, was ... the $3 worth of Easter eggs I bought on Monday while at the Pharmacy. Damn discount chocolate gets me every bloody time!!
I took care of myself by taking my supplements properly, walking at least once a day during the sunny days, and resting during Mason's naps.
The most nourishing meal I ate this week was turkey soup and a half sandwich with Nathan as Mason napped. Soul food and tummy food! #winwin
Instead of watching TV shows on my laptop I wrote in my journal, wrote blog posts, and wrote our lists for when this labour finally starts and we have to get moving!
A blog post I loved was Six Things Successful Women Do Every Day by Lauren Conrad
Finally, I was most grateful for the sunshine and time spent outside in our mucky yard with my family <3
How was your week, lovelies?
This series was inspired by Cait Flanders of Blonde on a Budget. Her weekly updates focus on intentional living and accountability!