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My 2013 New Year’s Resolution: More Money, Less Dusting

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Since I am now a married lady, for the first time ever I get to make joint New Year’s resolutions with someone. Yes, I know. A lot of people make joint resolutions with their friends and family. But up until now, I have been terrible at convincing others that they need to join in on my crazy personal challenges.


I guess this is what it means to be married to me. It’s like the New Year’s Resolution version of entrapment. My poor husband.

I have three joint resolutions with Mr. Foxypants:

1. We are going to be weekend carnivores. The other five days a week we will eat only vegetarian meals. (This will actually be easier for my husband than for me. He was a vegetarian for ten years but returned to omnivore status because he missed Mexican food too much).

2. We are going to put $12,000 into an emergency fund. While Mr. Foxypants’s job looks good for the foreseeable future, the video game industry is getting dicier with each passing year. We want to have some financial wiggle room if he loses his job. This will entail a lot of hustle on our part because we’ll have to generate an extra $1000 a month by doing side work and selling off everything that isn’t nailed down.

3. Since neither of us has ever gotten around to reading WAR AND PEACE, we’ve decided to listen to all 61 hours of it as an audible.com book. In addition to the almost three days of entertainment we’ll get from listening to the book, I will get years of entertainment from listening to my husband do his impression of the narrator’s ridiculous English accent, which alone was absolutely worth the $5.99 I paid for the download.

My personal New Year’s Resolution for 2013 is “More Money, Less Dusting.”

To this end, I am going to attempt to do the following:

1. Downsize my daily wardrobe so it fits into my armoire. The exemptions to this clothing purge will be garments like my winter coats that are too long or bulky for the little rod in my armoire, my small collection of vintage formal wear, and project-specific clothing such as my beekeeping veil and hip-waders.

2. Limit the number of books I’m keeping on hand for pleasure reading to five books. This is actually really challenging since I read books for a living. (This limit is only for actual books that take up space in my house. I can download as many digital books as I want to my phone and computer).

3. Be diligent about getting rid of 10 things a day. Last year I got rid of 1018 things. This year I’d like to make that 3650 things. Obviously, getting rid of clothes and books will help with this endeavor.

4. Make $5000 from the My Roman Apartment department store on etsy. (Last year I made $2200). Since I do well with financial incentives, I’ve decided that stretching to make $5000 in online sales will help enforce my downsizing goals. An uncluttered house is nice, but an uncluttered house and $5000 is even better.

5. Make $5000 writing for wisebread.com. Last year I was hired as a staff writer for the personal finance site Wise Bread. Although they pay only $35 per 500 word story, they give bonuses based on traffic. More importantly, it’s an extremely flexible job. Several Wise Bread writers are career travelers, which is my ultimate dream. Since I wake up every morning with the goal of moving to Rome, it’s a luxury to have a job that isn’t location dependent. Also, if I really pushed myself, I could spend 2 hours every day writing. 1 story x 5 days a week x 50 weeks a year = $8750. Not bad money for a ten hour work week, doing a creative job.

6. Make $5000 from odd jobs. Yes. I know. All my jobs are odd. I’m counting are all those little gigs like decorative painting, canning, beekeeping, and garage sale-ing in this category of side work.

7. Learn how to code. I’m good at languages, so why not learn a computer language this year? Sadly, being proficient in Ruby on Rails or HTML, will make me more employable in Italy than being fluent in Italian.

What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

PS: HAPPY NEW YEAR’S FROM NEW YORK!

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