Introducing - Live Your Best Life (for Less) Calendar!

Aaron and I experienced a "budget wake-up call" this month. We knew it was coming, but when we sat down together to work on our monthly budget, as we do every month, we discovered that the savings that had been our cushion since Violet was born has all but disappeared. We realized that we need to start making some major changes if we want to remain debt free (with the exception of mortgage and student loans).

We already live fairly frugally, but starting this month we are going to implement as many small money-saving changes as we can. The biggest change for us involves food--other than mortgage and child care, that is where the bulk of our money goes. Starting now, we are resolved to eating in more and out less, as well as making smarter choices at the grocery store. Additionally, I will be doing more "shopping my closet" and less shopping in stores or online.

It's easy to get in a negative mindset when cutting back on spending, but I'm determined not to let that happen. Compared to a lot of people in the world, we are blessed with so much, and I know that we can be content, and better yet joyful, with what we've been given.

I thought it would be helpful to have a daily reminder that would encourage me to remain committed to our plan, as well as help me foster creativity, inspiration, and a sense of contentment. Therefore, I created a calendar with daily inspiration for living my best life without breaking our budget. It is my hope that this is something that will benefit you as well, whether or not you're dwelling in Budget Land.

{Live Your Best Life - for Less: May 2017 Calendar}

Here's a link to the calendar if it's not showing up correctly for you. I had one heck of a time trying to format this sucker. #notmystrength

All the ideas on this calendar are designed to help you make the most of what you have, and to enjoy life's simple, inexpensive (or free!) pleasures. Each idea stems from one of these 5 themes:

  - Your Best Style - ideas and inspiration for getting the most out of your wardrobe
  - Relationships and social life - ideas for strengthening relationships and spending more quality time with loved ones
  - Beautify your space - budget-friendly ways to make your surroundings more beautiful
  - Live your best life - Tips for a happier, more inspired life.
  - Eat well spend less - Recipes and tips for eating well on a budget.

Every Sunday, I will share a weekly view of the calendar with some additional details and tips for the week.

I'm going to be using this calendar to stay on track and inspired all month long, and I'd absolutely love it if you would join me. If you do, share what you try, and be sure to tag me on social media (I'm @shealennon) so I can see! Use the hashtag #LYBLforLess as well.

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