Challenge–Earn Your Present
Admittedly Hunni and I are cheap thrifty shoppers. I learned it from Momma but I have no clue where Hunni gets it from. Most of our clothes are from Target and Old Navy and and we wear them until they fall apart.
What can I say…we love a bargain. The only thing we really invest in are running shoes in order to prevent more back surgery for me and any injury for him. The less we buy the less we have to move when our job switches.
Our frugal shopping is great for our budget at the time but when things fall apart we end up replacing them more often. A rip here, a tear there and off we rush to Target picking up the latest model to hold us over until it breaks down too.
Not this time. Hunni needs a new satchel to hold his agenda and all the other things boys need to carry around. He’s has almost as much stuff as me to put in there. His past three bags were cotton but this time he wants a leather one to last a lifetime longer than 6 months. He picked a gorgeous model from Fossil. Trust me we looked at lots of stores and he swooned when he saw the Jackson.
Sure it is beautiful but is also much more than we typically spend. However from experience I know Hunni is hard on things he uses daily, his wallet, his cell phone, shoes, pants. When we purchase quality they tend to last a lot longer than when we are cheap frugal.
Hunni wants a nice bag and he also wants to be healthier after struggling with his eating and exercise habits. Heck I want to be healthier after dealing with this nasty calf tear for months and all these crazy allergy issues.
So we decided to make a challenge of it. We both need a push in the right direction…especially around this time of year. Challenging each other to earn our Christmas presents is great external motivation.
*Note: We don’t traditionally buy presents for each other. These are specials presents.*
During the most crazy time of the year for us we are having a fitness challenge to earn our present.
Also waiting until Christmas will give us time to save. Hunni wants his satchel but I had to think of something. I thought long and hard. Cole Haan high heels with Nike Technology…nah I don’t have a reason to wear heels that are that expensive. A really nice dress…no place to go really. Besides I like more variety in my wardrobe. A treadmill…that would be great but is beyond the budget.
Eventually I settled on a Nook for my present.
The lady at Barnes and Noble – and my friend Meg – totally convinced me it is worth the money. I have a hard time getting to the store or library to pick out a book for trips or errands let along getting it back before the due date. Ooops. Also I really want to read more books in 2011 so this is a perfect gift for me.
The Christmas Challenge Gauntlet is thrown:
- For each healthy decision made, one dollar is deposited into our holiday savings.
- Healthy decisions include:
- Eating at home instead of ordering take away
- Exercising even on the busy days, to burn off steam
- Drinking plenty of fluids, not just hot chocolate and coffee
- Getting rest, even if it means leaving work on my desk or to-do list
- When ordering take away, making a healthy choice (i.e. Sushi instead of Sweet and Sour Chicken)
- Breathing…okay kidding. But some days that should count.
Honestly any decisions this time of year are better than none at all. We aren’t competing because I always win. Really we are both winners. No matter how many dollars we have saved throughout this challenge he’ll still get his satchel and I’ll get my nook. The challenge is more for ourselves with a nice little external motivation when we have such external work pressure swirling around trying to derail us.
We’ll both be super happy on Christmas morning. Kettles and toy drives will be over and the tree will have presents we want and worked for.
What do you want to see under the tree?