I’ll tell you what. Using a minimalist wardrobe has absolutely transformed the way I treat and look at clothes. It has really changed the way I BUY clothes. And it isn’t so much about learning to love classics and basics that “go with everything” (which is what I thought when I started). It’s more about learning to use your wardrobe in ways that allow you to always be wearing something you like (or better yet – love).
I have been a bit skeptical of new apps that promise to make your life easier. I don’t know, I guess I just feel like learning how to use a new app and then having to find it on my phone whenever I need it just sounds like a lot of work. But I’m coming around to appreciate (even LOVE) certain apps because they really do simplify things.
For the longest time, I did meal planning monthly. I noticed that the fewer times I went to the grocery store each month, the less I spent. I am so bad about grabbing things NOT on my list because they are on sale or because they just look good (usually the latter)! So I would plan all of our meals for the entire month and do my grocery shopping the first and third weeks of the month. On my first trip, I’d get all of the dry and non-perishables for the month plus fresh foods for the first two weeks and on my second trip I’d get fresh foods for the last two weeks of the month.
I’ve never gone shopping on Black Friday. I’m naturally quite introverted and just the idea of that kind of shopping gives me that anxiety buzz in my core. The crowds. The ugliness. I don’t know from experience, obviously, but I’ve heard and read some crazy horror stories. Not only is that not what Christmas is about – that’s not even what shopping is about!
I just can’t believe how overboard the whole Black Friday craze has gone. I was appalled last year when I saw that stores would be opening on Thanksgiving Day. This year, the same again.
As you may have noticed, my monthly Costco trip has shifted a few weeks. I did go last month, even though I didn’t share with you what my haul contained. But I only bought bread and grapes, and since I’ve shown you those items in the past, I decided skip writing about it.
This month I had a much bigger haul. I restocked up on some organic chicken and beef, cheese, canned diced organic tomatoes, and frozen organic broccoli. I had a few other items in my cart as well. Here is the haul for September.