With the new year and new goals, comes a new budget plan! I know a lot of us are making our lists of all the goals we want to accomplish this year. And if you’re like me (I feel for ya!) ;) I’m ready to get the ball rolling on some new projects and knock a few things off the long list of to-dos. Some of your goals may involve beautifying your home (so that we can all be on the cover of Southern Living, right? it could happen.), living a healthier lifestyle, paying off some debt, or spending more time with our families – crazy as that may be! :)
- Reduce grocery expenses by using coupons and meal-planning. I don’t mean like create this 40 page binder of coupons. I just don’t have time for that. But almost every major store has a digital app and offers downloadable coupons. Meal-planning can help cut down on eating out and you will only buy what you need.
- Take on more home maintenance and repair yourself. That’s right! Get out your hammer and tool belt and go to work! There are plenty of DIY bloggers and sites out there that can tell you how to do just about anything. Know your limits, but don’t be afraid to try something new.
- Look for furniture and home decor at thrift stores, craigslist, consignment stores, and even curb sides! What a great way to makeover an item and put some of your own personality into your home.
- Choose easy-care household fabrics and appliances. I have a confession here. I gave up my front load washer for a top load. WHAAA??? Yep, that front load washer got to be too much maintenance if you can believe it. It’s all personal preference and if you like the front loader, I totally respect that. Just be sure to look at all your options. Also, I don’t buy anything that says “Dry Clean Only.”
- Support your local library. I love taking our daughter to story time at the library, but did you know you can get movies there too?
- I have a Don’t Pay Retail Philosophy. It may kill me to see something that I totally love and then have to wait it out for a sale or coupon. I will say that there are a few places this may not work. HomeGoods is absolutely one of those. ;)