I am a big fan of making sure I get value from my money. Each month as I look over the month’s spending, I look at where I can improve and where I can optimize and where I’m happy with my spend. Each budget line item should have a purpose. So often, we get stuck with ones that don’t, so why do we avoid cutting them?
Things Change, So Should Your Spending
We used to cloth diaper, but with health problems after Lui’s birth, we stopped. Paying for diapers was worth the expense.
This week, we returned from a 2-week vacation to visit the kids’ cousins in Nebraska and Texas and I realized diapers are no longer worth the line item on our budget. Lui’s 3 now and is ready.
Change is Hard
I’m not one of those moms that mourns the fact my son will (hopefully) soon be out of diapers. So why have I waited? Because potty training is THE WORST. I’ve told you my thoughts on parenthood, but if you hear someone talking about how much they love potty training, THEY LIE (or they should start a business and I will throw them my money).
In reality, Lui is still in diapers because it’s easier… for me. That’s so true for all budget optimizations. There are things that we keep paying for because they are easier and changing would require a period of discomfort.
Time to Get Uncomfortable!
It’s time to look at your budget and figure out what you’re ignoring because you don’t want to deal with it. Maybe you don’t know how to cut your cable bill (we have a step-by-step guide!), you don’t want to face that gym that still charges you monthly even though you never go, or you still buy lunch at work because you haven’t wanted to deal with figuring out what you would enjoy eating (we eat turkey pesto sandwiches, if you needed an idea).
I’m spending this week in the bathroom with lot of apple juice, Netflix, and a pantsless toddler attempting to clear “diapers” off my budget (accepting all positive vibes)! Whatever you’re avoiding can’t be as bad as that… so get to it!