I have been trying something new lately to focus on what I really want to spend money on. At least a few times a week I get bored and I window shop online or in stores… and 50% of that time I end up buying something that I didn’t plan on buying in the first place. Can you relate?
I’ve just started a Google Document, called my Spending Wishlist, where I’m documenting what I plan on buying in the near (or far) future.
Here’s my list so far: (in no particular order)
- New fridge
- New countertops in the kitchen
- New sink
White legging jeans for summerDone!
- Simple, thin gold wedding band (when the time comes)
- Outdoor rug ($94)
Buddy’s dog food in bulk from Petflow ($40)Done!
- Japan trip with Justin (I have to go back!!)
- Disneyland trip with Justin
As you can see I have a few expensive things on my wishlist, mostly relating to my kitchen. I have a TINY refrigerator. That’s going to take priority. Refrigerators are expensive… most good ones with stainless steel fronts run around $1000. Ouch.
I’m trying to review this list every day to remind myself of my spending priorities. These are the things I AM GOING TO BUY. Compiling it all on one list really shows me how much money this is all going to cost. So I shouldn’t be impulse shopping in the meantime.
Of course having this list isn’t foolproof. But maybe, just maybe, I’ll remember this in the back of my mind and I can stop myself from handing over that hard earned money because THIS LIST is what I really want.
Do you have a list of things you want to buy? How do you keep track of it?