We are done spending until after New Year's Day with one caveat. We have monthly bills that are paid automatically every month from our checking account. I also will have to pay two credit card bills because they come at the end of every month just days apart. However that money is set aside for that purpose when the items are charged. Unless a true emergency happens, we have no intention of spending a penny more.
We needed gas yesterday so I filled up the tank using my $1.30 off a gallon discount while I was out picking up a prescription. I loved paying $ 1.06 per gallon of gas.
Our Christmas gifts and food for the holidays are all bought and paid for. We have our bottle of champagne for New Years Eve. We stay home on New Year's Eve and just enjoy ringing in the New Year together. We will watch the ball drop in Times Square. I will make a nice dinner of strip steak, baked potatoes and asparagus. Perhaps we will eat a cookie or two.
So sometime next week, I will post our December Expense Report with our final savings tally for the year. Then we will be ready to start a New Year.
Don't you love the sound of that? A New Year always gives us a fresh start and hopes of good things happening in our lives. Even if we didn't do so well last year, we have the promise of starting over in the New Year. That feeling never gets old for us even knowing that Hubby and I will be married 50 years in 2017. We still have goals and aspirations for the New Year and the hope that it will be better than the year before.
But it doesn't just happen by itself. We have to continually work at making the best life we can have. We have to continually work hard at controlling our finances and investing for our future and our children and grandchildren's future.
I have had more than one person say to us " You can stop saving now and spend your money." Well we do for the things that we feel are important to us. Not for the things that other people feel are important for us. We march to our own drummer and always have. No one should be telling you how to spend your money but you!
We have always lived life on our own terms. We have had a wonderful life filled with the joy of children and grandchildren. That is the most important part of enjoying life to us. Hence we have the goal of helping those children and grandchildren even after we are gone. We have lacked for nothing and will continue to lack for nothing while still advancing our goals.
That said Hubby and I have no plans to check out anytime soon. Although Hubby did try to escape me last June and July when he was so sick. But I wouldn't let him go.
So we are planning a terrific New Year in 2017 of showing you how we do and don't spend money. I will try to incorporate every big and little thing that we do or don't into this blog. I will try to give you as much knowledge as I can in 2017 to help you along your financial path. Please join us on this path in 2017.