I can’t believe how hard this concept has been for me to put in writing. There is so much taboo around spending money or not spending money, that I’ve had a hard time knowing where to start, and what is too personal to share.
Finances are an incredibly personal, and delicate matter. Everybody has a financial situation whether that be a good one, or a bad one. With that said, I have not the experience nor the education to help anyone correct a poor financial situation, but I do have the inspiration to share some of my recent observations in the adventure to shape our own financial future.
The first step I took was learning not to spend money. It sounds simple but it really isn’t. During a recent trip to the grocery store I knew I had to get three things. I went and got the first item on my list and couldn’t remember the second. I thought about it briefly, then decided it wasn’t all that important grabbed the third item and left. This may not sound like a huge feat, but it really was. In the past, I would have wondered around the store looking for the thing I had forgotten, and grabbed so many things I didn’t need in the process. This experience taught me that that the more you use your money sense muscles, the stronger they get.
Learning about what you need and what you use is a huge factor in saving money. For years I’ve had a pantry full of neat stuff that I never used. This stuff just went to waste and with it, wasted our money. By simplifying our lifestyle and deciding what we really enjoy having around I’ve been able to buy the ingredients needed to make most of it in bulk. This is saving us money and improving the quality of our eating habits, almost eliminating commercially processed food.
Brent approached me this past summer with the crazy concept of moving to Haida Gwaii in 5 years time, and living off the land. I’ve always been drawn to that type of lifestyle and was thrilled he was finally onboard. The thought of leaving my business behind, and having to find a new source of income however scares the crap out of me! The only way to make this a possibility is to completely change the way we’ve been managing our finances.
Getting educated about ways to save money has helped me learn to use my money sense muscles. I discovered a great blog called The Simple Dollar. It’s actually my favorite subscription right now. I have found their articles regarding the impact of your current choices on your future goals to be very inspiring.
Make plans. Make meal plans, shopping plans, trips to town, you name it, you plan it. Plan as much as you can. The best thing about a plan is that you can change them at any time. It sure is nice to have a clear idea that you’ve predetermined about what you want before you spend. This has been saving me from my zombie spending habits and helping to keep money in our savings.
Running away to a far off island, with the love of my life, is now starting to really excite me. Knowing that we have conceived a method to help insure our future financial security has made all the difference in how much more possible this once impossible concept has become. It wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable if Brent had to leave all the time to work, in order to continue to pay off our debts and provide us with an income to live. Preventing further debt from piling up and paying off old debt is the perfect place to start the journey of our dreams.
Live life to the fullest,
Hi, I'm Cyndi Bird, hobby homesteader, aspiring writer, amature photographer, art and craft enthousiast and wanna be cook.