2011 has already taught me that change isn’t always a bad thing. I never expected to almost catch my death nor did I expect that I would be thrilled that in April my husband and I will be living with roommates. I was always of the mindset that if you got married you had to find a way to fend for yourself even if it results financial disaster. But it dawned on us and another couple that there was no reason for us to suffer separately when living together could be very beneficial. We have decided that in our local market we can afford a two to three bedroom home without an issue. In fact, my husband and I would actually be able to start straightening out our finances and begin saving enough money to eventually put a down payment on a house. Our plan in way interferes with either couples life goals, so it seems to be the obvious thing to do. We will be house hunting over the next month or so and we are hopeful to find a good match that works for everyone very soon.
I have also decided that this move will require some restraint on our parts. Freeing up money usually means that there is temptation to spend your newly freed up cash on things you don’t need. So this year I am going to practice some restraint. I am going on a yarn diet. I talked to my husband and this is what I’m allowed this year:
- 1 Knit Picks order – It can be up to $150 to cover things like needles and books but I can only make one order
- 1 Loopy Ewe order – I have a discount code for the Loopy Challenge I completed but I cannot spend more than $40
- 1 Copy of Respect the Spindle DVD – available at my discretion
- 1 Lisa Souza Order – Can only total to $25 before taxes and shipping
In addition to my yarn diet, which suits me very well, I will only be allowed to either make my own clothes or buy them second hand. The new only new thing that I can purchase will be my Derby gear for the Roller Derby I joined. So let’s see if I can do this!
This is a very exciting and unexpected start to the year!