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10.31.2014

Ready to Tackle November

and so today begins my 10 month spending frost.  (i say today since i assume you're reading this on saturday and not friday night, and if you are reading this on friday night, it's halloween - close this page right meow and go eat a candy bar.  bonus points if it comes from some little kid's trick or treat bag.  double triple bonus points if said kid is in no way related to you.)

while not a total ban on spending (that pesky rent), my frost is a ban on pretty much anything non-essential.  of course, i pick halloween weekend/the weekend tara is in town to start this, so chances are i'm already over budget.  but i hope not!  it's definitely going to be tough in the upcoming holiday months, but since my christmas shopping is already done and november is my birthday, i think i can hold out.  i have a notebook that i'm going to keep a running tally of all my spending in, including rent and other monthly fixed bills.  i also track this stuff in ynab.  i might do a post at the end of each month with the numbers.  not that you all care, but it keeps me accountable.

today also marks the first day of november and the start of a new month of the create your own challenge link up.  last month's theme was food, so link up your results this coming thursday.  can't wait to see how you did on the month, especially if you have any recipes to share!  and remember, we like any posts about goal setting - not just food.


the theme for november (link up coming first week of december) is organize.  december sets in pretty quickly and the month is full of holiday craziness - gifts, wrapping paper, baking supplies, decor, the list goes on.  so take november to get your space organized.  ideally, before thanksgiving!  get rid of any decor you don't use any more, clear out any kids toys that can be donated.  make room in your fridge and pantry for all the holiday goods that are about to come in.  having family over?  switch the furniture around, set up the linen closet so it's easy for them to navigate, use up those travel bottles by setting them out for guests.

the challenge can be anything you want it to be.  just do yourself a favor and get something organized before december.  near-future you will be very thankful.  as for me, i'll be getting my gift giving organized - i currently have a mish mash box of gifts sitting in the hutch in the dining room.  i'm going to get those all together and wrapped up so it can be all ready to go whenever i see people in december.  i'll also be continuing on my decluttering challenge; i plan on specifically tackling some things in my mom's attic.  i'll be at her house watching her dogs for 5 days later this month so i should have plenty of time to get through my boxes there.  wish me luck!

15 comments:

  1. Yes. I can get down with this theme. I already have a few ideas.

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  2. I love this idea. My roommates and I have been trying to find ways to declutter and get organized lately. We have a lack if storage space in our apartment and it makes it easy for us to be messy. I think I'll have to set myself a challenge for this!

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  3. We care, we care! More numbers, more numbers! :) Honestly, I love how openly you talk about spending/saving/budgeting- it rocks! Always a motivator for me.

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  4. I was JUST writing a post about my November goals! I'll have to join in on the link up! I should freeze my spending...I just love to eat out :/ That needs to stop.

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  5. i love the theme. i need to get organize on a lot of things. Yes, please share the numbers. Such a great motivator..

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  6. I am trying to not overwhelm myself in November and December since they tend to be chaotic but getting organized is a good idea to make it run smoothly.

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  7. This month's theme is perfect timing for me! I have a few areas in the kitchen that have gotten a little out of hand, and I have been saying for months that I am going to clean up and organize our third bedroom/dog room/storage/my office/random hot mess. Yay for organizing!!!

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  8. I'm organizing the kitchen. Godspeed.

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  9. Good luck! I'm ready to roll on this, I've been itching to organize.

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  10. I need to get my gifts organised as well, I have a box of random things I've picked up that I need to organise a bit better.
    Also. The last kid that came to our house (we had like 15, max) was fairly late (8pm? 9pm? don't remember, what a crazy life i lead) had milk duds and smarties in her bag. she said 'i hope you don't have milk duds and smarties, i have so many and i don't like them!' and her parents about dragged her away for being so rude, and i was like no wait - give me all your milk duds and smarties and i will give you everything i have left. so we did a swapsies, husband ate the smarties and i ate the milk duds. happy days.

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  11. totally down with this and nearly done too :D

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  12. Oh, boy do I need to get myself organized. Great theme!

    As for your spending frost, I know you can and will do a great job!

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  13. Love it! Totally on board.Need a little more organization in my life.

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