Do you Plan?
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I just wanted to let you all know that I’m still playing catch up! I finally got my car unpacked and all the clothes washed and put away-Yay! However, I have lots of emails to still go through, so I’m sorry if you’ve asked a question and I haven’t been able to answer it yet. I also want to apologize for not answering questions in the comment section. I’m trying to prioritize my time right now and well, answering questions, to be honest, is not my top priority.
On a positive note, though, I hope to be organized and ready to jump back into my normal blogging routine by next week, maybe sooner! Thanks again for being so patient with me!
Anyway, on to the main reason for this post. I want you all to realize something about me… I try to be frugal, BUT let me tell you–sometimes life gets the best of me and I end up making choices that are far from frugal! On vacation, to say the least, we spent way too much money. We ate out quite a bit (without coupons), bought toys for the car without really contemplating the price or if they fit in our budget and we just spent, spent , spent!
When we got home on Sunday, as you can imagine, there was no food in the fridge… so what did we do?! Ordered pizza! Monday rolled around and I was still getting unpacked, so what did we do again? Order take out! The worst part– today I went to the grocery store without ANY coupons! Did you hear that right? I didn’t bring one single coupon with me! Yikes!
As weird as this sounds, though, this was actually a good experience for me. Why? Well, it made me realize it’s ok to get out of your normal frugal routine once in awhile (as long as you get back into it)! I also learned a big lesson and it’s called PLANNING!
When you’re living below your means you have to plan! You’ve got to plan everything, so you can do it in a frugal way. If I had taken the time and planned our trip more–I know we would have saved lots and lots of money.
So I’m challenging myself… and well, I want to see if any of you want to join me on this challenge! Starting on Monday, I am going to get organized and plan something new each week. One week could be meal planning, another week could be planning a grocery list, another week could be planning free kids activities for the month and so on!
If you’re interested in starting this “Planning” challenge with me, then please let us all know in the comment section. I’d also love to hear any ideas you have for what you would like to plan!