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The famous line “People first, then money, then things,” comes from financial guru Suze Orman.  I adore Suze- I am watching her show right now on Itunes.  Fabulous stuff!  While her other advice is great- “people first,” is really something I’ve been focusing on.  I’m currently on the 30-Day-No-Shopping Challenge and I realized that time not spent shopping needs to be filled with something else in order to succeed.

Filling your life with people, not things is a way to free up your money for greater opportunity: retirement, starting a business, going on vacation, cutting your work hours and living comfortably…or how about this:  not bursting into tears when the credit bill comes each month?  That sounds pretty darn good.

 

Shopping keeps us busy.  It also gives us a sense that we’re building something- a more beautiful home, a more savvy wardrobe to spur more confidence,  a repertoire of things to make life better, faster, more efficient.  But what it all boils down to is people.  We want a nicer home to invite friends over and gadgets to entertain them with, a wardrobe that inspires awe and praise from people at work,  a birthday gift that shows our appreciation.  While things can be useful- it’s a distraction from the sometimes intimidating work of making personal connections with people and building community based on our own personalities and effort.

I recently had some friends over for drinks after hitting up a discount pizza place for their Monday night specials.  Honestly, I was embarrassed to have them over- my new apartment was sparsely furnished- we didn’t even have enough chairs for everyone.  I found myself fretting over the appearance of my apartment, but of course- as you can imagine, nobody cared.  Everyone was just happy I opened my home and we had cheap beer and wine and sat around and talked.  They were happy to get together, and in the end, I was happy to have done it.  Relying on personal connections and not things can be scary-  but often the experience is more genuine.

To ensure the success of my No-Shopping Challenge, I’m filling my life with EVENTS and not stuff.  I’m going to knitting meetups and attending health workshops.  I walk my dog each day and finally tackle projects that have been nagging at me.

 

Shopping has been a distraction for far too long.  It makes you feel accomplished, productive and successful when you can buy something new- especially when you’ve hunted down a good deal, but the activity of shopping usually distracts from other activity.

What are you using shopping to hide from? How are “things” holding you back from genuine experiences and connections with people?  Does debt keep you in a constant state of stress or does shopping hide the fact that you haven’t explored what really makes you happy?  Do you feel you don’t have the right “things” to start your goals?  (Trust me, having a cute pair of Nikes will not really encourage you to go to the gym).

People first– the money will sort itself out and the the things will matter less and less.  You will have exactly what you need.

 

 

I ❤ my Droid, but sometimes, its lack of apps has left me feeling like the kid in gradeschool with the cr*ppy bologna sandwich when all the other kids get to play with their awesome Lunchables.

Luckily, the Droid is finally catching up with new apps- renewing Droid lovers with a fresh sense of gusto and pride which enables us to spar with the most obnoxious of  iPwned iPhone enthusaists.

Here are some of my fave Droid Apps:

 

 

Androdify: Look! It’s Android Ruby at FrugalBeautiful!  Yes…this glam lil Droid wasmade on my phone and is great if you have time to kill and want to “Droid-ify” all of your contacts.  Plus it’s completely free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angry Birds: When this gem of a game came to Droid I nearly died of glee.  Play it, you will be addicted. Get the Lite version for free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foursquare: I am addicted to getting these stupid badges.  I check in everywhere I go, and even created nerdy Doctor Who inspired check-ins to my frequented spots.  I never got to be a Girl Scout, this will have to do.

 

 

 

 

Astrid Tasks: I’m not sure if the creepy-cute logo sold me, or the fact that I can hack through tasks like a stealthy ninja on FourLoco, but this list manager totally looks sleek and makes your “To-Do” far more “Ta-Da!”

Oh- and did I mention it syncs with GoogleTasks and has a timer feature?  Squee!

Want to get inspired?  The Day Zero Project  is the ultimate online source for making a goal list you can get excited about- and it’s free!

I have always been a fan of making lifetime “To-Do,” lists on paper- but what better way to connect to the world at large and get ideas than to do it in on an online community with the same ideas in mind?  Have dreams of going on a wine tour? Visiting Disney World?  Going back to school? Getting out of debt?  The Day Zero project allows users to compile a list of up to 101 personal goals of their choosing to complete within the next 1001 days.

I started my list and ended up with only 45 for now, but there are tools to help you see what other people are thinking up and to even gauge what goals get you the most excited!  You can check out my list and watch my progress at the link below!  Good luck!

http://dayzeroproject.com/user/FrugalBeautiful


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