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Update on My Low Spend Year

I am 2 months in to my low buy year and I am doing just okay. I am not doing as awful as previous years, but I am still buying unnecessary things unfortunately. I would give myself a C for now.

One good thing though is that I have cut back on buying things for my business. Last year I spent close to $4,000 on supplies like fragrance oils, mica, clays etc. A lot of it wasn’t even necessary. I bought so many ingredients that I can’t even remember what they were for and they have just been on my shelf all this time.

I have only bought myself one clothing item and it was a tshirt that I bought for the Knott’s Berry Farm Peanuts Celebration. I have bought my daughter 3 shirts, which isn’t too bad. I think I should definitely be able to get through March without buying her anymore clothes or myself. Though I might us shirts for Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival, if they are cute.

I have done a good job of not buying soap or whipped soap. Last year I bought way too much and ended up giving away so much of it to my local Buy Nothing group.

I have also bought some books from the library. I think I have spent about $20 total, which isn’t much, but each book was 25 to 50 cents, so I ended up buying a lot of books. To be honest, i don’t have much space for them, but I couldn’t pass up the good deals and had to add them to my collection of books. I think I have somewhere between 600-800 books from my childhood collection.

Next month I will try to be more intentional with my purchases. Target and Amazon are two places where I have spent too much money, so my goal is to cut back on shopping there.

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2022 Bucket List and Goals

I know I am not alone in feeling this way, but am so bummed out about not reaching most of my goals from 2020 and 2021. I am hoping to achieve more goals this year and I think one way to do that is by not setting unrealistic goals like i did in the past. Here are my goals for 2022, I decided to categorize them to make it easier to follow them.

Financial

Pay off all my credit cards

Save $5,000

Grocery budget $350 a month

Business

1,000 followers on Instagram (Athena Rose)

10,000 followers on Tiktok (Athena Rose)

Make 4 figures every month

Fitness

Run 250 miles

Run a half marathon under 2.5 hours

Run a 10k under 1 hour

Run a 5k under 30 minutes

Personal

Read 50 books

No Amazon shopping

Travel 

Seattle and Portland weeklong Birthday Trip

Weekend in Las Vegas

Weekend in Arizona

Week in Texas

Family 

Take Selena to the LA Zoo

Disneyland

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No Spend Month: February 2021

I spent way too much money last month and need a reset. What better month to have a no spend month than the month of February? Here are my rules for what I can spend money on and what I can’t spend money on.

Can buy/spend money on

1. Haircut- I only get a haircut once a year, so this is fine

2. Birthdays- I have 3 siblings celebrating their birthdays this month and I plan to give them all money

3. Business expenses

Can’t Buy/Spend Money on

1. Soap- I have too much

2. Skincare Products- Same, I have too much

3. Fast food- I don’t need to waste money on this

4. Anything on Amazon- I have been spending way too much on Amazon through this whole pandemic

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Low Buy 2021

Starting in February, I plan to start my 2021 low buy challenge. Here are my rules. For the most part, I won’t be buying or spending money on myself or on things for me.

1. No new clothes (for myself)

2. No more skincare or body products until I am finished with the ones I have

3. No shoes (only exception is 1 pair of running shoes that I need since my two running shoes are 5 years old and need to be replaced)

4. I am allowed to spend money on gifts for family, but only one gift each occasion. Exceptions are my daughter and my mom

5. Make a wishlist with everything I want and then wait a few days before buying.

I will be allowed to purchase things, but I need to be more intentional about my purchases. My reason for wanting to cut back on buying things is because I don’t have much space for my things and I want to pay off credit card debt.

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2020 Goals and Bucket List Recap

This year I had so many goals and things on my bucket list. Then 2020 happened. It was so disappointing to look back and see that I only accomplished 2 out of 17 things. Of course, I am not to blame for not accomplishing most of them. Many of the things that I had on my list were things that I couldn’t o because they were cancelled thanks to this global pandemic and our stay at home orders here in California. Here is my list of 17 things I had hoped to do in 2020.

I only accomplished #12 and #16