This is my list of all exceptions I allow myself during the #nospend. You can read here why I have one and what the difference is between a spending category and an exception. The exception list is flexible meaning that I can add and subtract items during the year. To not make this an excuse list I added the rule that the new item has to stay on that list for at least one to three months (depending on the urge of the need) before I’m allowed to buy it. There is a real chance that I don’t want it anymore after all. I will do this so I can keep track on how my consumerist mind works.
- Materials and things for home improvement within budget that are necessary for renting this place when we’re on our sabbatical. I’d rather not do those but I prefer the renting part since it brings in way more money than the improvements and monthly bills costs us. It was this or not doing the #nospend this year. I chose for putting it on the exception list. Still, it feels off to do those improvements in a no spend year.
- A new meter box to get a save electricity system in the house
- A new big mirror to actually see me full-sized.
- My partner and I had unnecessary arguments about our curtains on a regular basis. I like the curtains to be open to have a light and fresh home. He doesn’t want voyeurs around the house so he closes them. It’s a stupid back and forth. The solution was simple: net curtains! Thus I needed those and new curtain rails. I had to fix the curtain rails anyways, as they were starting to fall off. Still, this is clearly a relational compromise. I wouldn’t have done all of this spending when I would have been single. Yes, it’s my home (he has his own) and therefore it’s my money and my decision, but it’s our relationship. I’d rather spend some money on stuff to keep the peace instead of going on a sabbatical with my soon to be ex. I got the most necessary things in April.
- Another needed home improvement was yard furniture. Last year, we made yard furniture out of pallets. For the second time in a row. The yard points at north-east meaning that it’s dark, cold and wet. Perfect conditions for mold and mos. We had to throw it all out twice. What to do? The rental real estate agent told us to invest in some normal furniture in order to avoid a claim against us concerning a fail to rent the furniture as presented in the contract. In addition, we sit outside all the time in summer. I even work there whenever possible. I gave myself a budget and bought some super nice looking but cheap furniture suitable for those conditions. It was on sale plus we got a further reduction on the price due to some small damages. I bought it in april.
- Reusable/sustainable replacements when replacement needed
- I bought a new water bottle and thermos bottle in may as I – believe it or not – lost both. First I got a water bottle for free but the quality was too bad to keep it. I just couldn’t stand the taste of the plastic in the water which is super annoying as I drink about 2 to 3 liters a day out of it. My life is too short to deprive myself that much.
Little reusable shopping bags
- I got one for free
- Hairdresser scissors to start cutting my own hair
- I bought these in April. The only regret I have is that I didn’t buy those earlier. It’s so easy and it also save so much money and time! Plus I like doing it.
Clear handbag organizer for all the carry on traveling
- I got one for free
Air filter mask for riding the bike in the city)
- I forgot that I put this on the list so that was clearly not a need. Just an impulse want.
- A few Summer clothing missing in my capsule wardrobe
- All black running/gym sneakers.
A plate to put the small important stuff on.
- My partner leaves his tiny things all over the place. Wallet. Phone. Keys. Sunglasses. Cash. It annoys him and me. So I’d like to put all the things somewhere. I kept my plate with my birth information on it (it’s a weird German tradition). I couldn’t get rid of it, yet, it was totally useless until now.
- New gym pants