Over the past couple of months I have found myself falling into old habits such as going to Target just because and making so many Costco trips that my phone started to predict my shopping schedule…

This month we decided to start fresh.  Our grace period after buying our first home is officially over and it’s time to start shopping intentionally again.  

The first thing Travis and I took a look at was our budget using Mint.  And I mean we really sat down and took a good look at our spending, categorized transactions and discussed any changes we needed to make.  Using Mint also makes it super easy to see where we’ve been overspending. We happened to be overspending in two categories: home goods and food. 

After looking at our budget we agreed that we needed to get back in the habit of shopping intentionally.  One of the first things we decided to do was to make better use of the food that we already have.  We started by taking inventory of those food items that tend to get lost in the freezer or pantry so that we could make a grocery list centered on what food was already at our house.  The next time we went to the grocery store we left with two bags of food instead of five or six- progress! If you want to see how we have been simplifying meal planning to help save money, check out my meal planner here!

After we tackled the issue of meal planning and saving on food we moved on to home goods.  If you’re like me you are constantly tempted by cute displays of mugs, signs, blankets, etc. Travis, whether he knows it or not, has helped me with controlling these purchases by acting as an accountability partner.  I see a cute pillow for sale and he reminds me of the pillows that we already have.  However this doesn’t mean that he stops me from buying everything- he simply reminds me to think through a decision before jumping.  Another simple tip that always helps with any kind of impulse buy is to wait at least 24 hours before purchasing anything. From my experience you’ll either end up forgetting about it or realize that you don’t need to spend my money on it.  

Shopping intentionally may seem like it’s all about saving money, and that is most definitely a part of it.  However it’s more about identifying what things you value in life and spending your time and money on those things.  So as Travis and I set our goal to shop intentionally in the coming months, I am also setting a goal to spend more time reading, painting, creating- just doing the things that make me happy.  

What are some of the things you want to make more time for in your life, and how will you make those things happen?  I would love to hear from you! And as always, if you enjoyed this post I would so appreciate it if you would share it with others 🙂