The No-Buy Rules.

It is getting real, Friends. I made a budget. It still has some generous vague spending areas but we all need to start somewhere. It is a work in progress.

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Note **  I foolishly thought I could discuss financial stuff with people. I have realized that some people are judgmental fucks and fail to appreciate others peoples success. I appreciate all of my friends and family and am incredibly excited for those that have seen heaps of financial success in their lives – I am even more proud of the people that started with less and ended up with more. Your success has blood, sweat and tears and is well deserved.  Go you! **

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I am super excited that I am following through on one of the many many many steps to personal financial success. In the spirit of trimming my expenses I have decided to make a NO-BUY official with rules and all. Mostly this serves as … accountability!

 The Rules:

Well the fact is there is really only one rule and it is don’t buy shit you don’t need but I feel like I need to write out all the pesky details so I have a point of reference.

  1. Shower Gels and Soap. I currently have 5 body washes open in my shower & 3 massive bars of soap under my sink. I think that should suffice for the better part of this year.
  2. Body Lotion. If you saw my post in Instagram on Sunday you know I got a stack of lotions to get through 8 or 9 if you count my purse and work desk.
  3. Makeup – unless I run out of a certain item then it can be replaced (ie; mascara & foundation or powder) ***just because I want to tighten up my budget does not mean I want to look like a haggard piece of shit all the time with gross skin and dirty hair. I will buy makeup when I run out.
  4. Tea or Coffee (since my part time job allows me a free lb of coffee or box of tea/week I am more than sorted here)
  5. Clothing. Unless by the grace of gawd I figure out this weight loss thing & need smaller clothes 🙂 Also unless it is something that I actually need.  Also shopping second hand for things that can be purchased second hand (Not related but have you watched “True Cost” – you should)
  6. Nail Polish. I love me some painted toe nails, all seasons, all the time.
  7. BOOKS (& magazines) – a) I should probably get a library card seeing as there is a EPL right across the street from my apartment & b) I have an entire library of books to read this year that are sitting on a shelf looking pretty in my home.
  8. eBooks from YouTubers – and I can also stop calling it research for my own eBook just stop buying things from YouTubers.

 

So there you have it, the first draft of the no-buy. This will likely change – if you have suggestions for this or things that you don’t buy anymore that I should consider for my list – leave me a note below!

xoxo,

C

 

The Skinny.

It had been a SUPER CRAZY BUSY last month!

So my posting or lack there of … was not intentional and not the way I wanted to kick start this blog. That being said – we get busy, right?!

I thought it most fitting that I just give you the skinny on all the crazy amazing things that are in the works:

Way back in April I met a new friend/business partner at an event I attended. We are both creative balls of amazing and started work right away on this amazing conference. Back in early August I went to Richmond, Virginia to plan. The Alternative Housing Summit has taken a life of it’s own and it is turning into everything we want it to be. You should totally check us out on all the cool places – Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Follow, Share and love!

I moved! Since moving to Edmonton this is my third home. I stared out in the north with my sister, which was totally a transition into a central roommate situation. But – this time came ….and here we are – I finally moved into my own studio. Moving when you own a FIAT is just as difficult as it sounds. It was a journey, lots of trips and because I am crazy independent. A lot of trips. Then begins the setting up, buying IKEA, the hell of setting up IKEA and life in general.

As none of my side project make money  – they are passions products, I need to work full time and then some. It is trade show season and work has been crazy. Stressful. And full tilt ahead till Christmas.

I jumped right into a weight loss journey and am trying to conquer 25lbs by December 25th … So this requires, meal prep and planning and meticulous life of food-centric craziness. And cooking, lots and lots of home cooking.

I have been daunted and excited by an over dose of social media … for everything! Personal life, work life, 3 Instagrams, 2 Facebooks, 2 Twitters, plus Snapchat, Etsy, Pinterest. So many things to manage and yet so much love.

But seriously, things are starting to settle, life is getting back into swing and I have lots of cool things up my sleeve. I am currently working on a series about teaching English abroad (so if you have any questions – comment below so I can cover them) and also how I managed all the travel being broke as fuck. Plus a series of some sort on creating a massive event. Creative living. And living the travel dream. I have book reviews on entrepreneurs and travel trips coming down the line.

GET EXCITED!

 

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