Sunday, January 1, 2012

My Stopping Spree Challenge

Hello!  Welcome to my very first blog post.  I hope that you will follow me on my journey as I attempt to make it through 2012 with zero unnecessary spending.  That’s right – I am going on a Stopping Spree

Here’s the thing: I’m a master list-maker. Filling out planners brings me an inordinate amount of joy.  Setting goals is my favorite part of a new year.  But I am absolutely no good at that little thing called following through.  The main reason I’m committing my journey to cyber-paper is because I feel like it might keep me honest.  The added pressure of family, friends, and possibly strangers reading about my experience adds a new level of accountability.

Naturally, this blog begs the big question, WHY?  Why am I cutting my spending habits in such a drastic way?  There isn’t one perfect answer for that, but I’ll highlight a few reasons that I felt it was time to challenge my spending.

1.  I have debt.  My debt is something that I think about every single day.  Every. Single. Day.  My debt requires me to work multiple jobs.  My debt makes me feel like a failure – and I’m tired of feeling this way.  If you are in debt, you basically have two choices: make more money or spend less money.  I’ve tried the first option, but I found that the more money I made, the more money I spent.  So I am trying my hand at the second option, using an aggressive approach.

2.  I think I’m addicted to buying things.  It has become impossible for me to walk into Target, buy toothpaste, and leave.  I can repeat “toothpaste, toothpaste, toothpaste” over and over again in my head, but it doesn’t stop me from straying into the accessories department, putting additional unnecessary items into my basket.  I’m not trying to be cute when I say that I’m struggling with an addiction.  I think any time you can’t say no to something, it’s a sign you might be addicted.  And I’m sorry Target - you’re adorable, but it’s time for me to say no to you.

3.  I want to challenge myself in a new way.  I want to learn more about who I am and how I process material wealth.  I have a suspicion that this may be a very humbling experience.  This will be good for me.  Worst case scenario?  I save some money this year.  In my opinion, even the worst case scenario sounds like a pretty good outcome.

So there it is.  My year-long goal documented for all to see.  I guess this means…it’s real!

At this point, you might be thinking, “What?!  A whole blog post with NO pictures?!  Major yawn.  This girl had better get it together!” 

Fear not - I won’t leave you hanging.  I’ll work on adding photos to future posts.

I look forward to sharing my adventures over the next year.  Feel free to share your words of encouragement or just follow silently along.  You’re also welcome to join me in my Stopping Spree, whether it’s for a week, a month, or a year.  I’d certainly appreciate the company!


  1. Love it! I am excited to see your journey, and know you can do it :)

  2. Hooray for you! I'm trying to wrap my head around on my own stopping spree. I'll have to try week by week! :)

  3. Yeah! I am so happy to see your blog is up and running! I cannot wait for the next post and I am very excited to follow you on your journey. :)

  4. Good for you!! I've been trying to cut back in similar ways...Target is the devil! Keep us all posted, I think this is awesome.


  5. Ok so, let me get this right? If it's on the list, then it's ok to buy?! are you going to remember to treat yourself every now and again? I'm just curious to know how it's going to work... intrigued! I wish you the best of luck.

  6. Ok... I might just join this bandwagon with you. What an honest and open approach to this! BTW... I miss your smiling face but am so glad my son has been able to see it all year!

  7. I admire your courage girl! Wish I had the strength. Maybe I do. Do I want to find out? We'll see. :-) Excited to hear about your adventure and will be following. Miss you!

  8. Good luck on this! I don't have a lot of debt, but end up spending money just to entertain myself or because I'm too lazy to look for a good deal!

  9. Great idea! Keeping a blog and commenting on your progress is a super way to replace one habit with another.

  10. we have been in debt and have gotten out of debt. being out of debt is more WONDERFUL than you think it will be, really. it takes discipline to stay out of it once you're free. i admire you're desire and initiative! keep it up!!

    1. @ Denise - Thank you so much for your support! I'm glad to have you as a reader!