Friday, January 1, 2010
Feelin' like Morgan Spurlock .... 30 Days Of Nothing
Mr. Silly Pants and I get the idea that this exercise is largely about bringing awareness to our spending - both the conscious and unconscious parts of how we use our financial resources. And, it will likely help us reflect on what we have right in our own home and in our lives with each other and not so focused on what we want to have or don't have with each other. It seems to me that fellow groupies have taken this in different directions; going all out on a shoestring budget and buying only gas and low budget groceries, to giving up unecessary parts of groceries (wine, chocolate, snacks, non-essentials)...kind of an essentials only exercise..you get the idea.
I'm still sorting out how we're going to evaluate our 30 day approach. Mr. Silly Pants asked, "no wine? no netflix? no Starbucks, of course!" I'm not sure. Here are some of my dilemmas in terms of planned spending we have in our monthly budget:
1. dog goes to doggy daycare 2x a week (luxury, but necessary for dog's energy with our schedules and my issues with dog when he is NOT well exercised)
4. I have a cleaning woman once a month - my respect for her means that I can't just "cancel" part of her monthly earnings because I'm "doing 30 days of nothing" - so do I pay her and not use her? (I'd have to pay her - when I went back to work I consciously rehired her after a many many year hiatus and I'm so grateful she's made room for me!).
5. Mr. Silly Pants has a birthday in January - no worries about that one. I'll really enjoy being creative and he'll enjoy my special attention within this construction in that I'll be doing something different.
......program in progress....I'll keep you posted. Plus, I'd love feedback, comments, perspective that might enlighten my own. Thanks blogging buddies! (Mr. Silly Pants, feel free to chime in!).
Just for a peek into the future, when we're done with this I'm going to be doing a month of immersion, inspired by my racial healing class...now THAT's going to be interesting!
ETA: netflix on hold for January