Review: You Need A Budget

You need a budget. Come on now, of course you do. We all do! If you are a long-time reader you will remember that I once wrote a blog post called On Money where I shared with you how I used to do my budgeting. Well, that post is no longer around. This new system is much better and I don’t want you to follow my old advice.

Enter: You Need A Budget.

YNAB app spread

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I KonMari’ed my apartment

The tale of how I Marie Kondo'ed my whole apartment

You must have heard of Marie Kondo by now. The Japanese organizing consultant and author wrote a book called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, and one by one my fellow minimalists/decluttering enthusiasts have devoured it and sung its praises. Me, I was a KonMari skeptic. I had already read a few books on the subject (my favorite being “The Joy of Less” by Francine Jay), so what new could Marie Kondo’s book possibly bring to the table?

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The 10 month shopping fast: what did I learn?

Maja summarizes her 10 month attempt to buy less for a whole year, also known as her shopping fast.

The beginning

It has been nearly a year since I decided to start my 10 month shopping fast. It was September 2014 and I was psyched, I wanted to give myself a challenge, and I felt very motivated indeed. I had previously done shorter fasts with varying degrees of success, but this time I wanted to do it properly. My three main reasons for starting a fast were:

  • I couldn’t physically fit more clothes into my closet.
  • I wanted to save money.
  • I felt slightly out of control.

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