The One Thing That Kept Sabotaging My Budget

The One Thing That Kept Sabotaging My Budget

I would start off each pay period with the best intentions. I promise I did. I even followed my own advice and used my Cashless Budget Tracker, budgeted for expected expenses and tracked spending in each category.

Yet so many times I would come up short and have to dip into savings or rack up more credit card debt to get us to the next paycheck.

So, what was happening? Sabotage. Self-sabotage. Ugly, messy, make you want to kick your own ass sabotage.

The one thing that kept my budget train hurtling off the tracks was my failure to plan.

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Six Things To KonMari Out Of Your Life

Six Things To KonMari Out Of Your Life

The KonMari method of tidying up is nothing short of a phenomenon. So says the more than 10 Million books sold.

It changed my life years ago when I read Marie Kondo’s book about letting things go that don’t spark joy. Then I re-read it. Then I proceeded to purge practically a tractor-trailer’s worth of bags filled with clothes, shoes, kitchen stuff, papers, anything that wasn’t nailed down.

I do it all over again, occasionally, when I feel like my life and my space is getting a bit bloated. When things get cluttered and pile up around me, I feel claustrophobic.

I honestly don’t know where it starts. Maybe it’s as simple as liking a tidy space, and when that space gets out of control, it triggers something in my brain to feel just as messy.

Or perhaps my mind gets cluttered first and I project that onto the space around me. And that sparks my need to purge and minimalize the things in my path. Maybe that’s my way of coping with what’s jostling around in my head.

That must be why the KonMari method speaks to so many people. It’s not just about things. Not at all. When I really evaluate the stuff I’ve accumulated I’m forced to confront the reason why I have them. Did I buy those things for me, or the person I thought I should be? Check out this post for a list of things I KonMari out of my closet and what you should ask yourself to KonMari your way to a more authentic life.

So why not make KonMari about more than what’s in your closet and your kitchen cabinets? Why not apply the concept to your life?

Evaluate what really sparks joy for you, in what you surround yourself with, what you let live inside your mind and who you spend your precious time with.

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KonMari Responsibly For The Planet

KonMari Responsibly For The Planet

I haven’t been shy about my love for Marie Kondo’s life changing magic of tidying up, called KonMari.

The basic premise is to let things got that don’t spark joy in your life. Literally everything in your house… from clothes and toiletries to papers and pictures. You lay all like things out together in a big pile and hold each piece in your hands and make a decision about their place in your life.

It’s a process that can be down-right liberating, like lifting literal and emotional weight off your shoulders. I’ve used Kondo’s methods to purge things that I bought for someone I’m not. And things I was holding on to for someone I don’t really want to be. Check out What I’m KonMari-ing Out Of My Closet in this post.

But guess what? That literal weight has to go somewhere. And the one thing I wish Kondo covered more, is what to do with all of it after you’ve decided it doesn’t belong in your life.

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My Cookbook Obsession – That’s Totally Free

My Cookbook Obsession - That's Totally Free

I’m not gonna lie. I’m not a great cook.

Ok, I’m not even a good cook. I kind of stumble my way through recipes until they’re edible. Ok, maybe it’s a small step up from that. Sometimes my creations are kinda tasty.

And I will say, one secret to a good marriage is a partner who makes you feel like you just cooked a meal worthy of Wolfgang Puck, even if he’s doing it through wincing eyes and gritted teeth. I’m lucky to have one of those.

But you know what, I love to try!

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What I’m KonMari-ing Out Of My Closet

So, by now I’m sure you’ve heard of Marie Kondo and her KonMari method of tidying up. But in case you just got sprung from a convent or a cult or a cave… I’ll break it down a little for you.

The basic premise is to let things got that don’t spark joy in your life. Literally everything in your house… from clothes and toiletries to papers and pictures. You lay all like things out together in a big pile and hold each piece in your hands and make a decision about their place in your life.

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Honest To Goodness Essentials – Plant-Based & Nature Inspired Products On Sale This Week At Publix

Groceries on grocery store conveyor belt - Honest To Goodness Essentials - Plant-Based And Nature Inspired Products On Sale At Publix

One of the (many) things I love about shopping at Publix is access to better brands and better quality. From organic produce to plant-based and nature inspired household and personal care products… I can feel better about what I buy for my family.

And I can feel better about the cost too. Because a lot of those great, natural products are on sale this week at Publix.

So if you’ve been wanting to try products with fewer chemicals and food with fewer GMOs, or if you already buy natural products… these deals are for you.

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The Cost Of runDisney – Complete Guide To The Money & The Magic Miles

The Real Cost of runDisney - Complete Guide To The Money And The Magic Miles

Disney truly is the happiest place on earth. Even when you’re running 13 miles. I know from experience. Huffing and puffing through mile five, instead of being miserable, was actually magical because of the glitter and lights of Cinderella’s castle.

But all those magic miles come at a price. It’s a price thousands of people are willing to pay each year. And you might be too. But it helps to know just how much you’ll really spend to enjoy a runDisney weekend.

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