I LOVE the idea of a clean slate with each new year. A fresh start. I love the idea of evaluating the previous year, looking at what has worked for our family, what definitely didn’t work, what we’d like to try, how we’d like to spread our wings. While December feels like a time to languish and enjoy things the way they are, January feels like a time to jump-start our lives.
Over the past few weeks, I have been jotting down ideas for the new year. Not just for my personal life, but for the blog as well. I have a list of approximately 72,342 things I’d like to change, try, do, restart, renew, keep doing.
One thing I don’t want to do is attempt to cram it all into the month of January, for my personal goals or for the blog. I’ve decided to work on a series of posts over the course of the next few months. I really want to spend some good quality time and hash out these goals for myself and for you.
What do I have in mind for the next few months?
- Revisiting our yearly/monthly budget, including a step-by-step breakdown of where we’re at (and why it’s not pretty)
- Freezer/pantry inventory and management
- A series on clean eating including why we eat the way we do, freeing up some time in the kitchen by planning ahead and cooking for the freezer and tips for saving money on whole foods
- An update on our fitness goals, what we do and how we do it
As I mentioned, I’m not going to be launching these all at once. I’d like to roll them out slowly and really pay some attention to each one.
You may be wondering about some of the tried and true series, posts and updates around This Beautiful Frugal Life and what will happen to those.
What can I expect on a regular basis?
- Monthly Costco home mailer coupon match ups
- Yoke’s Fresh Markets weekly match ups
- Relaunch of the My Kids Were Here series (bimonthly)
- Relaunch of the Week in the Life series
- All the best deals we can find (Amazon, Nordstrom, Gymboree and more)
- Weekly or bimonthly meal planning posts
You may notice that my Fred Meyer weekly match ups are not included on this list. I’ve been debating for a long time about dropping these from my repertoire, but never made the decision because it made me too sad. I really love these match ups, but there are so many bloggers who work on Fred Meyer and most of them can get them posted before I can. They tend to be a source of anxiety for me on the weekends and I always feel that my time could be better spent. For fantastic weekly match ups, check out The Coupon Project.
I’m sure most of you have ideas in mind for yourself for the New Year, so I wanted to leave you with a few of my favorites “resolution-type” products:
- Kick start your financial goals – Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover
- Kick start your fitness goals – Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred
- Kick start and track your monthly grocery budget – The Coupon Project’s 2014 Savings Tracker
I’m really excited for the coming year. I’m a ruthless note-taker and idea-gatherer, so this is the perfect time of year for me. A time of renewal, growth and new ideas.
I’d love to hear your feedback!
What would you like to see more of around TBFL?
Is there anything I can work on for you or something you are interested in learning more about?
What are your favorite aspects of TBFL, what do you continue to come back for?
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