Monday, July 5, 2010

My new financial year pledge

I've finally slowed down and focused myself enough to work out my pledge for the next 6 months, being prompted by Sam's pledge for the new financial year here in Australia (funny how I'm actually at work when I choose to slow down and focus on something that isn't work! Hehe).

So here it is. My pledges for the 6 months to help lead me down my path to living simply.

  1. I pledge, along with Sam, to not purchase any new clothes. I don't have a sewing machine nor know how to sew too well just yet, so I will limit my clothes purchases to only second-hand clothes from thrift shops, etc (except knickers of course, but I should be good for these for the next few months)
  2. I pledge to master the perfect loaf of bread, that is good enough that I am happy to replace store-bought bread with it and to also make my own bread starter. I've seen this on quite a few blogs and it doesn't look too difficult at all, it just takes a little while.
  3. I pledge to keep all of my current plants alive! and to make my own organic fertiliser and pesticides. Fingers crossed this doesn't ruin my pledge and actually kill the plants!
  4. I pledge, to join Sam, in making my own dishcloths. I will look at crocheting mine, whereas Sam will be knitting hers. I saw a great post (I can't for the life of me find it to link to!) about using twine to crochet dishcloths that are a bit more gritty and good for pots and pans.
  5. I pledge to keep trying to make my own dishwashing liquid that doesn't glob up and add more oil to my sink than the dishes do! I've seen a few recipes online but they all include glycerine, and glycerine is really expensive where I've seen it so it's not cost effective at all. Please, please, please tell me where you get your glycerine from or if you have a dishwashing liquid recipe that doesn't use it.
  6. I pledge to stick to my newly-edited budget, which will net me savings of $7200 by the end of December. I will post about my budget changes shortly, so stay tuned if you'd like to see how I can manage to save $600 a fortnight!
Well those are my pledges for this coming 6 months of the new financial year. I'm looking forward to hearing about your pledges and also hearing your comments about what I hope to achieve. It will be interesting to look back in 6 months and see how far I have come in achieving those pledges.



  1. Hi Kim, Love your pledges! I am very interested in how you have changed your budget. It doesn't matter which way I twist mine I just can't seem to squeeze any extra dollars out of it.

    Well done on your clothes pledge too, Thrift stores will have heaps of cool things. If you ever get keen on learning to sew, I would be more than happy to give you some help (well, as much as I can through the internet). Is there anyone who has a machine you can borrow?

    Your pledges are all awesome and I know you will do them all. I wonder what else we will come up with to pledge in the coming months?

    Sam xo

  2. Great pledge, can't wait to hear more of your journey.


  3. I think your pledge sounds avchievable which is important to be successful. I'm keen to hear how you are saving $600 a fortnight too. I'm going to check Sam's blog now as I haven't read it before. Thanks for the link.

  4. I just started crocheting dishcloths! They aren't very square...I keep adding a stitch and they're more like paralellograms I've unraveled a few times but I'll keep trying.


  5. Hey ladies, thanks for all your great comments!

    It has made me even more motivated to stick to them. I am going to print them out on an A3 sheet and laminate it then stick it to the wall at home. I have even inspired my 'non-planning' partner to write a list of pledges!

    I will let you know how we both go!

    Kim :)


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