2 weeks ago, my mom pulled up a youtube video on Dave Ramsey and had me listen to him. It changed my life. He is quite the motivational speaker; I was even chanting along with the guy! That was it. I was DONE being broke. DONE working and not being wise with my spendings. DONE, I tell you!
I felt free and I hadn’t even started.
I gathered a bunch of envelopes, labeled them under my typical spending categories (gas, food, etc), filled them with only the minimal amount of cash I’d need and vowed to only spend what was inside. I was ready for battle.
Not gonna lie, it was a little awkward walking around with envelopes full of cash in my purse. And there was a moment when I paid for my $4 Starbuck’s drink in change: “Don’t worry, it’s mostly quarters!” did not help, either. (The cashier was annoyed, to say the least). *cringe*
However, it is now November 14 and exactly 2 weeks since I started this Dave Ramsey envelope system. My “Starbuck’s envelope” has only $4 left, which is troubling. I won’t tell you how much money I started out with, but let me just say that I am spending too much green ones on coffee. (And that whole paragraph sounded so white girl, I can’t even.)
Am I tempted to take cash out of my “Sewing Supplies” envelope and put it in my “Starbucks” envelope? You bet! Is there still 16 more days left before I can start fresh with my December envelopes? Yup. Is it as easy as I thought it would be? Not even close!
That all said, I am taking comfort in this fact: in the simple act of counting out and only paying in cash, I am more aware of my spendings and not just handing over my credit card every time I make a purchase. (Little steps, right?)
It’s like counting calories. Yeah, it’s annoying when you have to stop and remember everything you ate for lunch and log it on myfitnesspal. But just doing that keeps you from mindless eating and it also makes you skinny (hip hip hurray!).
I am the person that tells all of my friends exactly what I am doing even if they don’t feel like hearing about it (Bless them. I even pulled out all of my envelopes at one point to inspire one of my friends to start saving too!). Yet, my oversharing made me realize that a lot more people are going through the exact same money saving struggle as I am.
I felt that it was time to write about making money.
Am I qualified to bestow this knowledge on you like some sort of all-wise, money-making guru? HA! That’s funny. But what I do have is a hobby-turned-business that I started, which has taught me through trial and error some tips and tricks along the way.
I want to inspire you to think outside the box when it comes to your sewing abilities. If you know how to sew, you have an invaluable skill that can be used monetarily in countless ways!
Maybe it will be designing one-of-a-kind products and selling them at an art fair. Or teaching others sewing lessons on how to thread and work a sewing machine. What if you announced on Facebook that you could alter, hem, or adjust any sewing garments for a competitive price? Endless possibilities!
In the next few days, I will be blogging in detail how to set up an Etsy shop, brainstorm a product, advertise and plan a class, and also use facebook, instagram and twitter to market yourself.
Let’s get busy, my sewers! The time is now.
Christmas is right around the corner, which means: peppermint lattes! (Kidding). The reality is, nothing in this world is free, and everyone could use a little extra cash. Let’s learn how to earn, spend and save together!
I have recently reopened my Etsy shop, so if you like the featured image of the KY bow clutch on this page, click on my Etsy link on the left sidebar.