Chile is hosting a challenge called Trim the Fat. I decided to participate, basically you decide on things you want to cut back on for the month of February and blog about them. So here are my goals as well as an update on how I did this first week of the challenge.
I decided to cut back in 3 areas:
1. Buy nothing but food and gas for the month of February - I did pretty good on this one this week. I only bought 1 thing that wasn't a necessity and that was peanut butter hearts for Mark. He loves these and I get them for him every year when they are on sale, which is usually after Valentine's Day but this year I found them on sale a few days ago and got some for him for Valentine's Day. I have them hidden away until it is time.
2. Cut back on the amount of food purchased - I tend to be really bad about running to the grocery store for that 1 ingrediant I need for a dish. We end up going to the store 3 times a week on average. And that always involves impulse buys. I'm not very good at making due and substituting in recipes. Part of that is because of Mark, he likes a dish made a certain way and if you change it, it isn't right anymore and he doesn't like it. So, my goal is to only go to the store once a week, to go with a list and to stick to the list. This will also involve making weekly menus so I know what to get.
This week I did good here. I made a list and went to the grocery store once. And I stuck to the list. This is really going to be a challenge for me, but will be really good to start doing.
3. Cut back on the amount of time spent on-line - Since I'm also participating in The Freeze Your Buns challenge, it is cold in my house this winter. I HATE the cold so I find myself spending most of my time on the couch, under my blanket, with my laptop on my lap. This keeps me warm. However, things aren't getting done! I have a long list of things to do and I'm not making progress on any of them. I need to get off the couch and just suck it up! I do find if I stay busy I'm usually not as cold.
I've done a bit better at this one this week. This is my first time on the computer today and I haven't been on the couch once. I've gotten things accomplished. This will also be a struggle for me but I have things I want to get done and they aren't going to get done if I'm hiding under my blanket!