I've really been meaning to join in on some of those challenges I see out in blogland. There was a no-spend challenge but I knew that probably wouldn't work out well because there's a package sitting on the doorstep almost every day when I get home. So I, mentally, set my own goals for the fall season without actually telling anyone about them. If that's not a recipe for success, I don't know what is. I think I originally set 4 or 5, but I didn't meet all of them. These are the two where I was able to grant myself a shining star of success.
1. Stop buying pre-popped popcorn. There is nothing that will reel me in faster than a bag of pre-popped kettle corn. I was spending at least $6 a week on this stuff. Hot, microwaved popcorn doesn't actually hold the same draw for me. We also didn't have a microwave in this house for the first 4 months we lived here so microwaved-anything wasn't an option.
I kept Popcorn Indiana in business. Another favorite was Boom Chicka Pop. That stuff is all organic so it's more like $4 a bag. I stopped cold turkey the last week of September and haven't bought a bag since. This addiction was a tough one to break. I'd be holding onto since March-ish when my friend introduced me to the product. I think I'm good now though.
2. Stay out of Wal-mart. Few things make me grit my teeth more than a Wal-mart trip. (Actually, dirty floors. Dirty floors in my house make me grit my teeth more than anything.)
I hate the Wal-mart. We all agree on this, I think. After a particularly terrible trip there during the first week of September, in which a rainstorm soaked my groceries on the way to the car, I said ENOUGH. That was over two months ago, and I haven't been back since. I think I've actually become a happier human being because of it.
That's a victory, right?
Also, this directly correlates to goal #1 up there because one of the only places around here to buy my beloved kettle corn is Wal-mart. Two birds, one stone.
Have you been successful at setting and achieving any goals this fall? Victory feels good, no matter the importance. Right?