My husband and I were talking today about how we can start living more frugally, and as we both examined our "guilty" lists, it did not take me very long to figure out what was at the top of mine:
I am an addict. I will admit it. I am an addict who is so not interested in a 12-step kick-the-Starbucks-habit program, but I will make an attempt nonetheless. After all, I'm spending about $100 a month there. Crazy.
What's odd is that I don't crave it at all on weekends or vacations. The addiction is built into my weekday routine. I suppose that's a good thing to recognize, since it means that all I need to do to change my wayward behavior is to change my routine.
I also know that my Starbucks preference is related to time. Since I commute pretty far to work in the morning, Starbucks is just convenient. However, it's too costly -- both money-wise and health-wise. Not long ago, our household declared a soda moratorium. In just the course of a month, my husband lost weight, and noticeably so. As for me, I pretty much maintained my weight, because even though I had cut out soda, I was still getting my daily Starbucks fix.
It's time for a change. We'll see how it goes...I've tried this before, when I gave it up for Lent last year. It worked pretty well, but when the school year started in August, I fell off the wagon. Big time.
As for the second item on the chopping block, I'm bidding farewell to my Studio Calico subscription. I've been a subscriber since January 2008. It was a difficult choice to make, but I know it's for the best. I'm sure that I just made someone on the SC waiting list very happy.
Being frugal kind of sucks. Will I ever be the kind of person to go into raptures when she saves $0.40 thanks to a coupon?
It's humbling, though, to identify the excess in our lives, and to recognize when it is justified and when it is not. Hopefully by reducing some of the overspending, and embracing the philosophy of the ant rather than the grasshopper, we will become wiser in the process.
Anyway, enough about saving. One place I can splurge without reservation is on my layouts. Now that is one addiction I don't have to worry about kicking.
Here's a sneak peek at the October Jenni Bowlin antiquarian kit:
Tomorrow, my daughter will celebrate Grandparents' Day at school with her grandmother. I wonder how she will reflect someday on the role of her grandparents in her life. I wish we could all be closer, the way that I was with my own grandparents when I was a kid. I had an extended family rather than a nuclear family. It was a true blessing. We can be frugal with our resources, but there can never be too much love. In spending time with our families, we save them.