Hi y’all, I’m back 🙂 I wasn’t sure if I was going to write today, after the EPIC trip yesterday (I’ve never been on a plane ride that long, I don’t think — a full 8 hours. I know this is nothing to people that have been to/from Australia, say, but really I don’t think I’ve ever done more than 6 before personally.)
However, making my morning to-do list just now — laundry, grocery shopping, all the post-trip stuff — I realized that what I want more than anything else for the next couple of weeks is to get back to basics on frugality. It was a good trip, but I feel a little out of whack. For one thing, my employer covered most costs, so I stayed at a hotel much more luxurious than I usually do (actually, I rarely stay in hotels at all overseas; either hostels, or AirBnBs.) The food was way more than I usually eat too; croissants every morning in the breakfast basket, restaurant meals every night. It was fun, but I feel a little bloated, spiritually and physically. Second, I didn’t go totally crazy, but I did spend a lot more of my own money on entertainment and stuff than I usually do these days. I went to the theater twice, to an art museum (that I had to pay for) once, bought gifts for both my parents and for a couple of friends. Je ne regrette rien, but now that I’m home I feel an urge to simplicity in both food and general life stuff.
So! I’m going on a frugal cleanse for the next week or two. Get myself back to my baseline state.
1) Instead of spending time looking for ways to spend money on more stuff (clothes shopping) I’m going to focus on mending and repairing and generally taking care of what I already have. My car needs both a mechanical checkup, and to have everything cleared out of it and be vacuumed and etc etc. I have some clothing that needs mending and/or dry cleaning that’s been piling up. My boots need to be cared for with leather conditioning cream. My office needs to be thoroughly cleaned and sorted. I want to check over and reorganize my kitchen shelves. I actually got going on this a little on the plane home — I spent some time sorting unsorted files into the correct structure on my computer and it felt GOOD.
2) I’m going to take care of my body! Eat lots and lots of vegetables (and NO CROISSANTS, hee); exfoliate and moisturize the heck out of everything; get a haircut, which might not be frugal, but will make me feel light and unfettered, which is the important part here.
3) I’m going to read the books that have been piling up on my bedside table instead of either adding more, or spending all extra time on the internet 🙂
4) I’m going to finally start my summer biking routine, taking the bike for all local trips except groceries and to/from work.
Any other things y’all do when you’re feeling a little bloated from overspending and overeating?