Tuesday, September 30, 2008

My NeedLess Goals


1. Spend Less, Save More.

2. Only nurture relationships in my life that fill me up.

3. Focus on experiences, rather than "stuff."

4. Spend more time with my children and husband.

5. If it doesn't feed my soul then move on.

Specifics (updated 1.9.11)

1. Learn to say "no" more often when asked to give of my time.

2. Only spend $125 a week in groceries and $50 on weekend dinners & entertainment ...yikes!!

3. Only use cash...double yikes.

4. If we can do it ourselves, than do it...but if it causes more stress* for me to do it then consider hiring it done.

5. Practice the Sacrament of the Present Moment.

*Before going back to work in 12.08 I had given up my housekeeper and lawn men in order to save money, but I am happy to report they are back! It gives them another client and us piece of mind knowing we won't have to spend what little time we have together as a family mowing the lawn or deep cleaning the house.

So all of this is in good fun, right? But I have very high expectations that The NeedLess Experiment will catch on and we will form an international community called "The NeedLess Society." We will be featured in Real Simple Magazine, Oprah will invite us to lunch and we may even win some sort of award...perhaps something that rhymes with "global cheese guys."


Joanna said...

I agree w/ many of your ideas. In this world of excess and a collapsing economy due to overspenders and those trying to keep up with the Jones' - I think you are onto something. I'm not as disciplined a you, but my husband and I are amazed at how much less we require than many of our friends/peers.

Thanks for sharing!

Dana said...

Oh, I was so with you until you said you were giving up your cleaning service. That is where I draw the line! But I still 99.9% agree with what you are saying!