The Resolution: Buy Nothing

Well, here we are. I fell off the map again. Typical for me to do as I am out here in the desert practicing retirement. I am just catching too many waves and having too much fun to be able to be very productive, but I know that I must.

“Commitment is doing the thing you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.” -Darren Hardy

For me, that means two things right now. Writing. And The Resolution.

So how is it that people stick to the things they say they’re going to? What tricks can we use to make sure we can do this? It sounds tough, actually, no? Well, one think is continuing to seek inspiration.

Well, here is a story that has helped keep me inspired on the former of my two focuses, The Resolution.

There’s just one thing I would like to know in the end: does shopping for food in Canada end up costing one more than $12,000/year?  I also wonder if the lady is aware of the idea of ‘dumpster diving’.  That is, seeking out food discarded by grocery stores and restaurants that is, by all intents and purposes, still good.  A friend of mine said his roommate was doing this for a while and was quite successful.

What do you all think?  Am I being silly to spend as much as $12,000 this year?  Maybe I could do even less?  I think I will reach out to this lady and see how her year goes, and what I can learn from her experience.  Maybe she’ll do me a guest post even?

Tune in soon for details on how my spending is going this month, the first of The Resolution.

Divorce Day USA

As a part of my daily journaling process, I try to recall one thing I’ve learned in the last 24 hours.  And yesterday I learned that January 8th is ‘Divorce Day’ in America.  And January is Divorce month.  That’s right, this is the time when lawyers generally get the most files for divorce versus any other particular day or month in the year.  So why, you ask?  Well, why anything in the world these days?  Money.

Things that cause us stress can also cause our relationships to be stressed.  And in much of the world today, one of the greatest forms of stress is money stress.  I dare propose that it may even cause people in the most affluent societies the most stress of all, as they try to keep up with the Joneses.  And apparently, following the holiday season in America, divorce filings surge as people start to come to terms with the financial damage they’ve done.  Maybe one partner perceives the other to have spent too much, or not been forthright about their spending?  And maybe the other thinks the other one is ruining the season.  And maybe this leads to some tension.  We all know how it goes.

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What Shit Really Costs: A New Car

In some of my first posts I spent some time getting real about my budget and trying to portray the importance of tracking all my expenditures.  Since then, I’ve been noticing lately the way ads and, as a result, people in general think about finances and spending, and the illusions and spells we seem to be under when it comes to the real cost of things.  So, I am here to introduce a new series on the Freedom Thirty-Three Blog, called “What Shit Really Costs”.  And, after seeing an ad last night where Ford offers their customers up to $1,500 in the form of the first 3-months payments free on a new Escape, I’d like to start this series by focusing on the real cost of a new car.

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The Resolution

Well, here we are.  A new year, and a new work week.  I bet you’re really pumped about being back in the office today, no?

We are now one number further along in a series of numbers that represent the span of our lives, and it can be important to people to celebrate all that has past in their last circle around the sun and to hope for good tidings to come.  And from this, we have developed the cultural phenomenon known as “New Years Resolutions”.

You’ve already heard my resolution, but here’s a reminder.  I plan to spend no more than $1000 CAD (about $800 USD) right now per month, all year.  That’s it.  My goal for the year.

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