Ahhh! A new year, a new start!

Posted 01-2-2013 at 02:47 PM by Heather8183

I really look forward to the first of the new year!  After all the stress, rush and hustle and bustle of the holidays, I crave the normalcy that January 1st brings.  That day, to me, brings a fresh start, and days of packing away all the excess in order to restore my sense of peace .

A new year means many different things to many different people.  I know a lot of people make resolutions to better organize their homes.  Others resolve to eat healthier and get more exercise, or to simply lose weight.  Still others say their goal for the new year is to pay off their debt.

I’ve never been one to make resolutions, only because I know I won’t follow through, and before the first of February, I’ll be berating myself for what a failure I’ve become.  Instead, I take the “overhaul approach.”  Everything changes for us after the family and friends have all returned to their home; after the presents have been opened, and they’ve found their spot in their new homes.  This time, for me, is serene!

One of my favorite things about the new year, is simply the ability to start over.  I get really excited to start my meal planning, and thrifty grocery shopping again.  Usually, these things slowly dwindle over the summer, when we’re super busy and looking for more “quick and easy” rather than “thought out and thrifty”, and is thoroughly gone by the time November rolls around and the Thanksgiving prep and Christmas shopping have begun.  I have a lot of new recipes I want to try out this year!  I can barely contain my excitement at the thought of shopping at Aldi and Save A Lot again, rather than Walmart.  In turn, this also saves us a lot of money.  Once I start meal planning, there’s no extra trips to the store for something I forgot, and no picking up extras just because.  Also, we eat out a LOT less, since I’ve already got things planned and ready!  This is why I refer to my new year as an overhaul.  One thing leads to another, and if we keep on top of meal planning, things go so much smoother.  If there isn’t any eating out, multiple shopping trips, and picking up extras, then we’re naturally saving money and we’re home more to be able to keep the house under control and organized.  If we’re planning our meals, we’re not eating out, we’re eating healthier, and saving money.  All of this leads to an organized, healthy, happy family, able to pay off their debt a little quicker.

Whatever you choose to resolve for your new year, I hope it’s healthy, blessed, and happy for you all!

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