Getting Into The Habit Of Being Thrifty
Tartan Thrifty is all about getting into the habit of spending less without living less well. Some habits need to be carried out every day, some every week. Some only need to be carried out once a month – and, surprise, surprise, they are the hardest ones to keep up. To help with that you can find a wall-planner to help you keep on top of this week’s Thrifty Habits – the dailies, the weeklies and the ones that only come round once a month – here. Use it to plan when exactly you are going to carry out the Weekly and Monthly Habits.
Thrifty Things To Do This Week
It’s the first week of a new month which makes it the best time to put all the cash you are going to spend this month into individual, clearly marked purses/wallets before you start spending it. It’s also the perfect time to Make Something. Not only does that give you a whole month to get on with it, it is February, which means long evenings indoors. What better way to spend them than with a project? And, if you are thinking DIY gifts might be the way to keep Christmas on-budget this year, this gives you plenty time to Get Ahead Of The Crafty Curve and make sure your DIY presents are presentable by December.
Saving money on next Christmas is not the only reason to get creative and make something, though. There are plenty things – luxuries and necessities – that become affordable on a frugal budget when you make them yourself. And it is pleasurable. Cutting back on spending can become an exercise in doing without (which is why Be Joyful And Generous, Not Miserly And Miserable is one of my guiding Thrifty Principles.) Making something not only helps your cash to go further it adds the pleasure of trying out new things, exercising skills, becoming absorbed in the moment… Not to mention the satisfaction of creating something with your very own hands.
So, if this is a Thrifty Habit you have yet to embrace, make this the month you give it a go. Your first project doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to get finished this month – take as long as you need. It doesn’t have to be your own idea – the internet is full of people who want to inspire and instruct you to make things. Pinterest is the perfect place to track them down. And it doesn’t have to be obviously artsy – it just has to involve you bringing something you didn’t have before into existence. That could be an object, but it could also be a song, a newly decorated room, a website, an instagram journal, a simple upgrade or up-cycle to make something old into something new… It’s your project – you decide.